The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) and Simbionix Co-Develop a Portable Training Solution for EBUS-TBNA
CLEVELAND, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –
Simbionix, a world leader in medical simulation, and the American College of Chest
Physicians (CHEST), a leader in advanced simulation education, enter the second phase of
their collaboration to promote bronchoscopy education. The BRONCH Express, a virtual
reality simulator for EBUS-TBNA training that is being co-developed by the organizations,
will be featured at CHEST World Congress 2014.
Endobronchial Ultrasound – Transbronchial Needle Aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) is an advanced
diagnostic method with a steep learning curve that is rapidly gaining popularity. A
growing body of evidence has demonstrated the efficacy of EBUS-TBNA in the diagnosis and
staging of lung cancer, as well as the diagnosis of benign causes of mediastinal and hilar
lymphadenopathy. The increasing demand for EBUS among pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons
presents the challenge of establishing training to gain proficiency in performing the
procedure safely and efficiently.
The innovative BRONCH Express was developed to provide a meaningful yet affordable
hands-on training solution for the growing demand for EBUS-TBNA training and
qualification. Mounted inside a carry-on case, this desktop simulator is easy to setup and
repack. Virtual patient cases offer a realistic anatomical environment based on actual
patient data, seamlessly immersed in a controlled, educationally enhanced training
“We appreciate and value our collaboration with CHEST, as both organizations strive to
improve patient safety and outcomes through advanced medical education,” said Mr. Gary
Zamler, Simbionix CEO. “The BRONCH Express is intended to provide the medical community
with an affordable training tool and to promote competence based training.”
“The American College of Chest Physicians values innovative partnerships like this
collaboration to develop the BRONCH Express. Our commitment to helping chest medicine
professionals to develop new skills and knowledge to improve patient care around the globe
make partnerships such as this a logical step for our organization,” said Michael Baumann,
MD, MS, FCCP, and President of the American College of Chest Physicians. “The partnership
allows expansion of important clinical training in an affordable and accessible manner.”
The first reveal of the BRONCH Express prototype will take place at the CHEST World
Congress, to be held in Madrid, Spain, March 21-24, 2014.
American College of Chest Physicians, publisher of the CHEST Journal, is the global
leader in advancing best patient outcomes through innovative chest medicine education,
clinical research, and team-based care. Its mission is to champion the prevention,
diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases through education, communication, and research.
It serves as an essential connection to clinical knowledge and resources for its 18,700
members from around the world who provide patient care in pulmonary, critical care, and
sleep medicine. For information about the American College of Chest Physicians, visit
chestnet.org [http://chestnet.org ].
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