Limbs & Things, Inc. of Savannah, GA (LTI) is proud to announce that The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS)FLS Committee has granted them exclusive rights for the sale and fulfillment of Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery™ (FLS) Training System, trainer box simulator and associated accessories and supplies for three years.
The simulator is a component of the FLS program that also includes a web-based educational module developed by SAGES, and now jointly offered by SAGES and ACS. FLS incorporates hands-on skills training and an assessment tool to teach and evaluate the knowledge and skills required to perform basic laparoscopic surgery. For FLS Educational Packages, online access and testing vouchers, continue to order through SAGES at http://www.flsprogram.org , or call 310-437-0544 ext. 137.
LTI will supply a range of updated versions of the FLS Trainer Box that are designed to suit the individual needs of the surgical trainer and trainee. All the versions will allow for parts such as the camera and light source to be easily swapped out and replaced by the customer, avoiding, as far as possible, the need to send back Trainer Boxes to L&T for repair. All new task accessories we produce will be comparable to current FLS products being used across the globe.
The agreement provides surgical educators and laparoscopists at all levels of training, equipment and supplies with rapid fulfillment of orders and convenient online purchasing via a secure e-commerce system that will be available at http://www.fls-products.com later this month.
Notes to editors:
Limbs & Things will be the exclusive worldwide distributor and manufacturer for the FLS Trainer System & Accessories. L&T has been designing, manufacturing and distributing surgical and clinical skills Task Trainers for 25 years across the healthcare market segments ranging from medical, surgical, nursing, government and military, to the medical device and pharmaceutical industrial and healthcare trainees. LTI is committed to serving training markets in Clinical Skills, Women’s Health and Surgical Specialties. Its goal is to produce products which allow clinical educators to deliver their curriculum requirements for physical examination and procedural skills successfully. To achieve this, the company continues to work closely with leading clinicians; it explores new technologies and materials and promotes its products within a worldwide marketplace. It also offers a confidential design and build service for industry and corporate clients.
Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery™ (FLS) program (http://www.flsprogram.org) is a comprehensive web-based educational module complemented by a hands-on skills training component and assessment tool designed to teach and evaluate the physiology, fundamental knowledge, and technical skills required in basic laparoscopic surgery. The goal of the program is to provide surgical residents, fellows and practicing physicians an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery in a consistent, scientifically accepted format; and to test cognitive, surgical decision-making, and technical skills, all with the goal of improving the quality of patient care. FLS was originally developed by Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and now is jointly offered by SAGES and American College of Surgeons (ACS).
SAGES (http://www.sages.org) is a not-for-profit professional membership organization which represents a worldwide community of surgeons that bring minimal access surgery, endoscopy and emerging techniques topatients in every country. Representing over 6,000 surgeons and allied health professionals, their mission is to improve quality patient care through education, research, innovation and leadership, principally in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery.
In January Limbs & Things celebrated the beginning of what will be a year of silver anniversary celebrations at IMSH 2015 in New Orleans. Launching a new corporate identity and previewing some exciting new products to customers were highlights of the event for the company.
Demonstrations of the NEW Surgical Female Pelvic Trainer were available, offering visitors the opportunity to experience first-hand this versatile learning platform that can be used to teach and practice a wide range of minimally invasive gynecologic surgical techniques.
The PROMPT Flex that will be available in May was also previewed. This advanced birthing simulator, built on the success of PROMPT will offer an improved design improvements and additional functionality to set a new benchmark for obstetrical task trainers.
Alongside these new products, the best-selling Clinical Male Pelvic Trainer Mark 2, improved Breast Examination Trainer and procedurally exemplary Chest Drain were on show.
2015 saw IMSH celebrate 15 years as the largest event globally for healthcare simulation, bringing together researchers, educators, facilitators, manufacturers, practitioners and experts from around the world. This year over 2000 delegates attended in order to network, participate in seminars and workshops and see exhibitors demonstrate the latest technology in the industry.
It was a great event for the Limbs & Things team from Noth America, Europe and Australasia and we hope to see you again in 2016!
For further information on the NEW PROMPT Flex visit www.prompt-flex.com
Limbs & Things Managing Director, Nic Riley, joined experts and decision makers from across the industry at The Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare (GNSH) earlier this month in Edinburgh.
The GNSH is a network of worldwide organisations committed to enhancing patient safety, healthcare quality, research and education through simulation.
The summit was established in 2010 by representatives from a number of different organisations with a vested interest in healthcare simulation. The group developed the following objectives in order to build a common frame work for the future of the industry:
• GNSH aims to promote the appropriate use of simulation in healthcare to improve patient care and safety, clinical service, training, research and education
• GNSH will act as a source of expertise and as a global resource.
• GNSH uses collaborative working and shared advocacy, to support and promote the use of simulation in healthcare.
Topics covered during the three day conference included identifying the core values and principles that support the effective development of simulation globally and establishing a business case, value proposition and research base for future work.
For further information about the GNSH visit: http://globalsimnetwork.org/
The Clinical Male Pelvic Trainer Mk2 is a new version of one of Limbs & Things best-selling task trainers, providing a realistic simulation experience to enable the hands on teaching of male examination skills and diagnosis.
The model is an accurate and functional representation of a male body from upper mid-thigh to 20mm above the umbilicus. It is durable and latex-free and includes a foreskin, essential for students who have never experienced the difference between penises that have been circumcised and those that have not.
The model can be used in two patient positions, supine - supported on a formed base and self-standing in the upright position. The Advanced trainer features new and improved pathologies to deliver a realistic training experience and familiarisation with a range of testicular and penile abnormalities.
The main body section includes an internal structure that helps define bony landmarks to support the user to conduct a realistic patient examination.
The new product range comes in both Advanced (more modules) and Standard version and offers:
• Improved overall quality and durability
• Greater general realism
• Simplified ‘uncluttered’ design
• Added functionality including testicular complications and pathologies
The product was developed in strict collaboration with clinicians who conduct regular medical training and lacked a product to teach accurate male pelvic examination and diagnosis.
By developing a product that looks and feels realistic, the CMPT ultimately provides a procedurally realistic and anatomically accurate training experience.
For further information about the Clinical Male Pelvic Trainer email firstname.lastname@example.org
A team of 14 Limbs & Things athletes of varying abilities completed Pandemonium at Colerne army base on 8th June in aid of Orchid Cancer Charity.
Tackling the 12K obstacle race were employees from across the company, who collectively raised just over £2000 in aid of the uniquely male cancer charity.
The team, Things with Limbs, all finished the race in under two hours, which consisted of running, climbing and crawling through muddy trenches.
Fastest times within the group were from Pete D'Alessandro finishing in 1 hour 8 minutes and Jon Ledrum and Clare Rangeley both with finish times of 1 hour 13 minutes. A good result from the R&D team, but congratulations to all who ran and many thanks to those who donated.
See you all next year!
Fourteen intrepid Limbs & Things employees will be getting sporty for charity on 8th June by participating in Pandemonium, a 12k obstacle course in Colerne, near Bath.
The employees from across the business will attempt the off-road obstacle race in a bid to raise funds for Orchid Cancer, a charity that aims to raise awareness of the three uniquely male cancers testicular, prostate and penile.
The event coincides with the launch of Limbs & Things latest new product the Clinical Male Pelvic Trainer Mk2, a male examination task trainer that facilitates a realistic learning experience for training healthcare professionals. The product offers a number of modules providing an accurate interpretation of common pathologies and testicular complications.
The Limbs & Things team, ‘Things with Limbs’ has set up a Just Giving page to help them raise a £2000 target for the charity. To donate, please visit:
President and Founder of Limbs & Things, Margot Cooper, was interviewed by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills for its new online publication Business is Great.
Margot spoke about the history of Limbs & Things, the company’s receipt of the Queen’s Award in 2013 and the innovation required to create the specialist simulation products that the company is renowned for designing and manufacturing.
To read the full interview please click here.
Limbs & Things is supporting Baby Lifeline - the Mother and Baby Charity - by providing training models for their Birth 2 UK Maternity Training Initiative throughout 2014.
Leading professionals have formed an extensive faculty to provide valuable training for 48 one-day courses (6 different courses, each delivered in 8 regions across the UK) enabling doctors, midwives, nurses and others to come together to continue their professional development. This new initiative looks at ways to promote safety through best clinical practice and communication to ensure the healthiest outcome possible from pregnancy and birth.
The Limbs & Things Keele & Staffs Episiotomy Repair Trainer will be used in The Maternity Pearls Workshop - Evidence based management of second degree perineal tears, which will be lead by Professor Khaled Ismail and his team.
For more information about the Birth 2 UK Maternity Training Initiative, please click here.
Limbs & Things presented with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation
Limbs & Things – the UK’s leading manufacturer of medical skills training products – was presented with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant Mary Prior on Friday 4th October. Limbs & Things, known for its world class medical skills training simulators, which it designs and manufactures in its Bristol factory, has been recognised for its innovative contribution to skills training in medicine. The Queen’s Award is the UK’s highest accolade for business success.
Limbs & Things in-house design and manufacturing process balances traditional craft-based sculpting techniques with the latest technologies. The result is an innovative range of British made products whose realistic look and tactile feel allow healthcare professionals to build their confidence and skills to ultimately improve patient care.
“We feel extremely honoured to have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation” said Margot Cooper, President of Limbs & Things. “This award ceremony is a celebration to recognise and thank our employees for all their hard work. It is their sheer dedication, creativity and continuous innovative work that has ensured our remaining at the forefront of the industry.”
Download the full press release here
We are excited to reveal that the Birthing Baby has been announced as the winner of the Horners Awards for Plastics Design and Innovation 2012.
The Horners Award is the oldest existing award for plastics in the world, and is awarded to products that show innovation in design and manufacturing, or in the processing of plastics.
Entries for the prestigious award were of a very high standard, which makes the achievement all the more memorable for Limbs & Things. For further information, please click here.
Limbs & Things success has also been highlighted in the Western Daily Press Agenda Magazine, ranking number 81 in the definitive list of the top 100 fastest growing firms in the West Country. Click here for the full article and top 100 listing (pages 9-11).