Overview of the Pulse Physiology Engine and its use in Medical Training and Simulation

R. Clipp
Kitware, Inc., United States

Keywords: medical simulation, physiology engine, open source, VR/AR,

The Pulse Physiology Platform (pulse.kitware.com) is an open source software application designed to enable accurate and consistent, real-time physiologic simulations for improved medical training and clinical decision-making tools. The platform includes a physiology engine comprised of well-validated lumped-parameter models, differential equations representing feedback mechanisms, and a pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic model. The platform also includes a common data model for standard data definitions and a common software interface for engine control and robust physics-based circuit and transport solvers. The Pulse Platform has been incorporated into a number of commercial, research, and academic tools for medical simulation, including: - Development of the Trauma Simulator for training medical personnel to treat hemorrhage, tension pneumothorax, and airway obstruction with Exonicus, Inc and Madigan Army Medical Center, - Integration into the Medical Simulation Training Architecture program and a Laerdal manikin for improved interoperability and training, - Modeling of shunt obstruction with the University of Tennessee and valvular defects with the University of Illinois, and - Simulating a virtual patient in the nXHuman program at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.