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Albright IP and Duku develop training device for Barts Health NHS Trust

PUBLISHED: 14:09 05 March 2019 | UPDATED: 14:09 05 March 2019

The ‘Preedy Neck’ - a revolutionary new medical training device

The ‘Preedy Neck’ - a revolutionary new medical training device


With an approved design, Albright IP provided intellectual property advice, while DUKU sourced a manufacturer in China to ensure the product was affordable

Cheltenham-based product design company Duku and intellectual property attorneys Albright IP have been collaborating with Barts Health NHS Trust to produce a revolutionary new medical training device.

The Bartikins ‘Preedy Neck’ looks a bit like a lunchbox, but its simple design hides a practical training device which can be used time and time again. Within the plastic box is a clever manikin mould, complete with a vein and artery, on which medical staff and students can practice inserting a central venous catheter.

Barts Health NHS Trust, the UK’s largest NHS Trust, identified a need for an alternative to the traditional training manikins, which can be prohibitively expensive and, after a few uses, not only suffer from wear and tear but also show up telltale puncture marks. These then offer clues to the trainee that simply wouldn’t be there in a real-life situation.

Barts approached Duku and Albright IP to come up with a cheap and easy solution to the problem, that was also reusable. Their response was a clever design the size of a lunchbox, offering an inexpensive way to produce a new, puncture-free manikin for each candidate to work on.

Duku worked closely with clinical skills tutors and clinicians at Barts to develop and refine multiple prototypes for the innovative new design, which allows medical trainees to practice the ultrasound guided central venous catheter insertion procedure on a puncture-free manikin.

With the design approved, Albright IP provided intellectual property advice, while Duku sourced a manufacturer in China to ensure an affordable end product.

Alex Lee, Director at Duku says, “Our aim was to give each student a first-puncture experience during training, and we’ve been able to achieve this with a cost effective, re-usable design and ingredients that are readily available and inexpensive.”

“Barts Health NHS Trust is delighted that its collaboration with Duku has resulted in this simple solution to what was once an expensive problem,” added Dawn Zucker, Simulation and Essential Clinical Skills Co-ordinator for Barts Health Academy. “

Visit the Albright IP website at albright-ip.co.uk/ and the Duku website at duku.co.uk/.

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