Neonatal Thoracotomy/ Thoracostomy Skills Trainer


Chest tube insertion is a vital life saving procedure in many neonates. If performed incorrectly, the procedure could result in serious complications such as hemorrhage, perforation of lung and other serious internal injuries. Despite being critical and technically challenging, many practitioners do not receive adequate training due to unavailability of an affordable anatomically realistic model for chest tube insertion.


Inventors at Stony Brook University have developed a neonatal chest tube trainer that would enable clinicians to practice needle aspiration for pneumothorax & pleural effusion, pericardiocentesis, actual chest tube placement and many other procedures, to develop competencies prior to performing them on patients. Presence of trachea, bronchi, inflatable lungs, pleural chambers for air or fluid and a pericardial sac in the model enable training on several life saving interventions and procedures (![Figure 1.]( Shot 2018-07-16 at 16.37.22.png)) The Neonatal Skills Trainer has recently been incorporated in the Neonatology curriculum at SBU and is currently being used in training Neonatal Fellows and Nurse Practitioners at SBU School of Medicine and Nursing. The model can also be used for competence maintenance.


- Provides realistic simulation of several critical invasive procedures in newborns. - The model was developed using actual clinical measurements of 1.0-1.5 kg and 3.0-3.5 kg infants. - Artificial skin and muscle layer allows for trans illumination, visualization, palpitation of ribs and subcutaneous tunneling. - Model has chambers for air or fluid as well as a pericardium


- Health Care - Diagnostics - Emergency Medicine - Simulation Technology

Patent Status

Patent application submitted

Stage Of Development

PCT Pending (PCT/US2017/057101)

Licensing Potential


Licensing Status


Additional Info Please note, header image is purely illustrative. Source: Cpl. Elyssa Quesada, United States Marine Corps, public domain.
Patent Information:
Case ID: R8853
For Information, Contact:
Valery Matthys
Licensing Associate
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Patricia Mele
Sean Cavanaugh