BRISTOL, UK--A life-size model of a face with the look, feel, and color of real tissue allows medical students to recognize a wide variety of skin lesions--basal cell carcinomas, malignant melanomas, cysts, and warts--and practice a number of procedures, including lesion removal and planning of incisions.
The face is one of a line of soft-tissue simulators produced by Limbs and Things Limited. The companys first product was a heart model designed to demonstrate atrial septal defect, including a patch that can be stitched on to the defect and removed, allowing for re-use of the simulator. Other models for use in minor surgery workshops include an ingrown toenail simulator and an intramuscular pad for practicing injections.
Limbs and Things Limited can be reached at Radnor Business Centre, Radnor Road, Horfield, Bristol, UK BS7 8QS. Telephone: +44 117 944 6466; fax: +44 117 994 6222.