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How to make an abdomen that can hold liquid and keep its shape when drained? Answered

I am setting up a training session to teach ascetic drains (draining fluid out of an abdomen-therapeutic reasons). So I need something that resembles a distended tummy, that can hold liquid in it and will not pop if we put a needle through it to drain the liquid. 
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canucksgirl

7 years ago

It may be difficult to make something completely leak proof (as self-healing materials are still being developed). But you could try taking a water bladder, fill it with some air and glue 1/4-1/2" synthetic rubber (like neoprene) to the outside and then wait for it to dry. Once its dry, fill it with water and test the design with a syringe. I'm taking a guess that the rubber material may expand back and plug the hole and prevent a leak as long as the bag isn't under a lot of pressure. And if students stay within the top of the bag (which would be more realistic I assume than to insert a needle from underneath), the bag shouldn't leak. The glued on rubber should also help in keeping the shape.

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frollardcanucksgirl

Answer 7 years ago

I've done some rudimentary medic classes that used a hot-watter-bottle, the thick rubber kind. It was to show how to deflate a pneumothroax. They literally laid pork ribs over the bladder and you could tell if you got all the way through from the bubbling hissing from the syringe.

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Shireenxfrollard

Answer 7 years ago

Thanks for your replies peeps. I must say I have the worst imagination ever when it comes to these thn gs and do kind of struggling to immune the end result right now...I'll try it out...

May be a bit silly but any chance you can do a step by step guide in how to make the abdomen? Sorry big it's a hassle.

Thanks,
Shireen

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canucksgirlfrollard

Answer 7 years ago

Do they even sell those anymore? If they do, it would probably work well enough (if its thicker like you mentioned). I would still be inclined to glue on some extra protection (even if its just the top portion), with some additional rubber (or even a square from a self-healing cutting mat should do it). :-)