SimCath

Project: SimCath
Client: Imperial College

How do surgeons prepare for an operation, when they know that the smallest mistake could be the line between life and death? That was the question Cellule faced when developing SimCath, a cardiology suite for simulation training.

Year

2017

Sector

Medical/Product design

Discipline

Simulation
Product
Industrial design
UX research
Set design
Manufacture

Ethos

Portable
Lightweight
Affordable
Collaborative
Minimal

“SimCath can be
transported easily
between hospitals”

By training in a simulation environment, future surgeons have an opportunity to rehearse for complex surgery, performing common interactions between patients and clinicians in a low risk environment.

SimCath is affordable and portable. The unit can be transported easily from hospital to hospital, allowing teams to quickly set up a full scale operation in numerous different contexts and configurations.

“Developing SimCath was reminiscent of
building a theater set”

Developing SimCath was reminiscent of building a theatre set, a stage…We worked with patients and clinicians to develop an
immersive simulation suite ‘close enough to reality’ so that their behaviours within the simulation environment were as close to that of a live operating theatre as possible.

The design was underpinned by thorough field research in the Cath Labs at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital attending real operations.

SimCath was tested by the a cardiology team at Chelsea and Westminster.