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Teaching Local Anaesthetics

Discussion in 'Teaching and Learning' started by Jill, May 17, 2014.

  1. Jill

    Jill Member

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    We have been using "foam feet" to teach local anaesthetic techniques to our undergrad students. These "foam feet" are now becoming a bit the worse for wear but to date we have been unable to identify a source to purchase some more. We have purchased some Huddersfield models but the students prefer the "foam feet" so any suggestions re where we can contact to purchase some would be much appreciated!
    Many thanks
  2. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member

    I can't supply that information, but pigs feet are cheap and give a much better sense of skin penetration.

    All the best

    Bill Liggins
  3. Jill

    Jill Member

    Thanks Bill, that had also been suggested by a colleague who is a podiatric surgeon but he thought the skin was maybe a little tough! But will be worth a try.
    Kind regards
  4. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member

    Ay, well, 'is patients are probably t'weak southerners. Oop north in 'Uddersfield they're'made of stronger stoof.

    All the best


    PS. My uni. is oop north in t'Sheffield!
  5. Deka08

    Deka08 Active Member

    So, what happened to stabbing each other? Great way to understand why someone throws up when you pushed a piece of steel through their toe without injecting any LA.
  6. When I was learning injection techniques at CCPM back now over three decades ago, we initially used oranges to help get a feel of the extra resistance that was present when puncturing the skin in injections. This should be a lot cheaper than pig's feet and smells much better. However, there is nothing like students practicing on each other's toes...this is the best way to learn.
  7. Jill

    Jill Member

    Many thanks.
    I too trained in the day when we practiced on each other, and believe there is nothing to compare to this for several reasons however this is no longer permitted for ethical reasons.
  8. blinda

    blinda MVP

    `Tis a shame. We weren`t allowed to practice on each other, but I spent most of my summer hols, as a second year, `experimenting` LA techniques with a private practioner and also practiced on myself...great for empathising with what you`re administering to your pts.

  9. Rob Kidd

    Rob Kidd Well-Known Member

    When I left Salford in 1987, I had been their anaesthetics tutor for two years. This was the time when it was becoming clear that practicing on your colleagues was totally unacceptable. Put simply, a surgical procedure with no possibility of a therapeutic outcome. After a short time of the orange game, we simply let them loose (at the time - no idea about now) on real people. That is what happens in medicine - why should we be any different?
    Last edited: May 20, 2014
  10. Peter

    Peter Well-Known Member

    You could try Langer (I once bought a latex foot model off them once, that might be what you are referring to?)
  11. Lab Guy

    Lab Guy Well-Known Member

  12. Jill

    Jill Member

    Thank you all
    Still searching :eek:
  13. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

    Hi Jill,

    This site may be worth contacting. Not least of all because the foot injection model they advertise was
    Nothing like a little name dropping. :D Perhaps they could adapt for l/a techniques.


    Kindest regards, Mandy.
  14. David Smith

    David Smith Well-Known Member


    We used oranges on my course and, silly me, after injectiing the orange a few times had a pool of 'juice' in my hand which i quickly slurped the juice off my hand and of course numb lips tounge and throat ensued - OOPS! :eek:

    Dave Smith

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