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Samsun "Sem" Lampotang

Professor/Director/M.D. | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Dr. Samsun Lampotang's research helps improve patient safety by designing training with physical extended reality and virtual stimulators.


Dr. Samsun "Sem" Lampotang is a Joachim S. Gravenstein professor of anesthesiology, a director for the Center for Safety, Simulation and Advanced Learning Technologies, an innovations director and a joint professor of urology in the College of Medicine. Dr. Lampotang's research interests are in simulation in healthcare, healthcare equipment and the promotion of patient safety through enhancement of learning and improved equipment design. His research involves improving patient safety by designing, building and validating training with physical extended reality and virtual stimulators and by improving the design of medical equipment.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Mastery Learning via Virtual Coaches

Patient Safety

Procedural Training

Simulation in Health Care

Health Care Technology

Biopsy Techniques

Media Appearances (3)

UF researchers develop low-cost, open source ventilator

WUFT  online


Episode 16 features Dr. Samsun Lampotang, a professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Florida and the director of the Center for Safety, Simulation, and Advanced Learning Technology. Dr. Lampotang, along with his colleagues, has developed an open-source design for a ventilator built using common hardware store parts. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida’s response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

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Coronavirus reveals holes in American innovation policy - and how to fix them

Washington Examiner  online


If necessity is the mother of invention, then a pandemic must be the parent of genius. During the last few weeks of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, the level of innovation in ventilators alone has been astounding.

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MacGyvering the coronavirus: designers makeshift ventilators, valves and more

The Philadelphia Inquirer  online


In his 25 years as an industrial designer, Tod Corlett has devised lighting systems and electronic signs and guided student projects in such diverse realms as furniture and footwear. On March 18, the Thomas Jefferson University professor got an urgent call from his dean with a new kind of challenge: Can you make us a ventilator? The university was on full coronavirus lockdown, so Corlett could not get into his lab due to the very problem he was being asked to solve.

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Articles (4)

Manual Conservation of Supplemental Oxygen in Low-Resource Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcar

Samsun Lampotang, et al.


Using a simulated adult COVID-19 patient with hypoxemia, we investigated whether caregivers interrupting oxygen flow by manually occluding oxygen tubing with pliers during exhalation can conserve oxygen while maintaining oxygenation.

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Simulation Use in Outreach Setting A Novel Approach to Building Sustainability

Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Marie Nader, et al.


Simulation is a well-studied teaching tool for multidisciplinary teamwork, crisis resource management and communication skills. These attributes are essential for successful international medical missions, which include healthcare providers with different familiarities with the outreach environment and each team member's role. However, immersive simulation remains underused in similar settings.

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Attitude is everything: keep probe pitch neutral during side-fire prostate biopsy. A simulator study

BJU Journal

Zhou Zhang, et al.


Using a PBx simulator with real-time three-dimensional visualization, we devised a freehand, pitch-neutral (0°, horizontal plane), side-fire, transrectal ultrasonography (TRUS)-guided sPBx technique in the left lateral decubitus position. Thirty-four trainees on four Canadian and US urology programmes learned the technique on the same simulator, which recorded deviation from the intended template location in a double-sextant template as well as the TRUS probe pitch at the time of sampling.

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An online, interactive, screen-based simulator for learning basic EEG interpretation

Neurological Sciences

Brenda Fahy, et al.


We created an interactive web-based training simulator that allows self-paced, asynchronous learning and assessment of basic EEG interpretation skills. The simulator uses the information retrieval process via a free-response text box to enhance learning. Ten scenarios were created that present dynamic (scrolling) EEG tracings resembling the clinical setting, followed by questions with free-text answers. The answer was checked against an accepted word/phrase list.

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