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Showing edema on the manikins
by Darlene Rogers - Tuesday, July 29, 2008, 8:33 AM
 

I was wondering if anyone has found a way to show edema on the manikins lower extremities.  I have tried to use shoe insoles.   They are perfect to show what pitting edema looks like, but when I apply it to the manikin, it does not look real.  I put a stocking over it, but it takes away the effect of the edema.  Any suggestions?  Darlene Rogers

 
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Re: Showing edema on the manikins
by Jane Pollock - Tuesday, July 29, 2008, 9:16 AM
 

I have never tried this, but..... some suggest to wrap extremity with ace wrap (you can spray/mist w/ water if desired). You could always put hose over ace wrap if desired.

Good luck!

Jane

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Re: Showing edema on the manikins
by Nate Brent - Tuesday, July 29, 2008, 10:50 AM
 

I have had luck using different thicknesses of "Memory Foam" wrapped in ace wrap or coban.  Hope this helps

Nate Brent

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Re: Showing edema on the manikins
by Jane Pollock - Tuesday, July 29, 2008, 4:42 PM
 
What exactly is "memory foam"?
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Re: Showing edema on the manikins
by Nate Brent - Tuesday, July 29, 2008, 5:50 PM
 

Memory foam is what the Tepurpedic mattresses are made of.  You can find it in all sorts of things anymore (pillows, house slippers, etc.)  The great thing is that is can be indented, and it will retain the indentation for a few seconds, just as real edema does.  The trick is to not wrap it too tight so that it still indents when pressed.  Here are some links I found for memory foam:

www.memoryfoam.com

Here is an auction for some memory foam products:

http://shop.ebay.com/items/__memory-foam_W0QQLHQ5fAuctionZ1QQ_nkwZmemoryQ20foamQQ_scZ1QQ_sopZ15

AAs you can see, it is pretty cheap stuff, and great for edema

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Re: Showing edema on the manikins
by Jane Pollock - Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 10:14 AM
 

Thanks so much!  I will look into this.

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Re: Showing edema on the manikins
by durcilla williams - Saturday, August 16, 2008, 2:03 PM
 

Nate

Thanks for the suggestion of memory foam to show edema.   We are beginning with orthopedic and CHF simulations first so this will come in handy. 

Druci Williams, MSN, RN (Odessa College)

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Re: Showing edema on the manikins
by Mindi Anderson - Sunday, September 14, 2008, 7:03 PM
 
I have also used batting and stocking panty hose. Good luck!

Mindi Anderson
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Re: Showing edema on the manikins
by Cheryl Krieg - Friday, October 10, 2008, 1:25 PM
 

Thanks Nate- great idea!

Cheryl K

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Re: Showing edema on the manikins
by Steve Jordan - Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 11:23 AM
 
Memory foam on the leg with a TED hose.
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Re: Showing edema on the manikins
by Barbara Ratliff - Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 5:17 PM
 
Where did you purchase you memory foam.  I had heard this, but am having trouble finding thin layers of foam that would be realistic.
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Re: Showing edema on the manikins
by Cheryl Landis - Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 12:30 PM
 
I purchased a memory foam pillow at K Mart for about $20 (on sale)  and then I have cut it apart and applied a small section to the manikin's ankle. I applied a TED over top.
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Re: Showing edema on the manikins
by Jean Morzy - Friday, November 2, 2012, 10:19 PM
 
I have purchased at craft stores (JoAnn's Fabric or Michael's). This way you purchase the length that you need. We also have cut a memory foam pillow. Works great!

Jean Morzy
Simulation Lab
Concordia University of Wisconsin
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Re: Showing edema on the manikins
by Deborah Johnston - Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 5:05 PM
 

Or contact your local upholsterer or mattress factory....I did ours and they send lots over...for free!!!

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Re: Showing edema on the manikins
by Tim Hardy - Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 11:18 AM
 

You can also puchase museum gel and place the amount of gel you need under a tegaderm to allow students to see edema.  This is clear and does not take away from the realism of a simulation.

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=museum+gel&tag=mh0b-20&index=aps&hvadid=1470422866&ref=pd_sl_7dzwjpl0ss_e

Tim Hardy, BS, LP
Sim Specialist
Blinn College

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Re: Showing edema on the manikins
by Cecilia Bidigare - Saturday, December 21, 2013, 10:58 AM
 
There is a company in Canada who manufacture Simleggings. You zip them on the lower legs of either people or manikins. They look great. Cost is about $325.
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Re: Showing edema on the manikins
by Gavin Gardner - Monday, December 23, 2013, 1:01 PM
 
There is a US based company as well. SimUSuit.com offers edema sleeves as well as their obesity suits.
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Re: Showing edema on the manikins
by Theresa Wirth - Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 8:37 AM
 
We recently purchased a foot with an unstageable ulcer on the heel but on the top of the arch is a rectangle pad that can be changed out for various levels of edema. The item is here:

http://cdn3.volusion.com/nqpvm.detql/v/vspfiles/photos/LF04084U-2.jpg?1404804600

http://www.gtsimulators.com/Life-form-GERi-and-KERi-Foot-with-Edema-and-Injury-p/lf04084u.htm

The foot will attach to most standard manikins so you can use it in scenarios.