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I am an ear, nose and throat registrar currently undertaking a period of research in the field of inflammation.

My hobbies include making a wide variety of devices. One such device is a versatile, robust and inexpensive coupler that can connect a variety of torches to a number of commonly used medical devices. Details about how to use and make your own pocket light box is describe in a recent publication:
The Universal Light Coupler

The coupler can join a variety  torches to a number of devices. In the above image the coupler can be seen joining a pocket sized torch to a  flexible nasendoscope (Olympus ®), otoscope head (Welch Allen®) and a rigid scope (Storz®). Bottom right: pigment has been added to produce a black coupler attached to a light clip routinely used with the Benjamin laryngoscope  (Storz®).

The intention is for individuals and institutions to manufacture their own universal light coupler, saving time and money. The coupler can be made by using a 3D printed mould which can be downloaded here.

In addition to the universal light coupler, I have also made a number of simulation models for the purpose of teaching  those new to the field of ENT. These simulators include an ENT Essential Skills Simulator, a Front of Neck Access simulator, a Quinsy simulator and a two flexible nasolaryngoscopy trainers.

The ENT Essential Skills Simulator allows candidates to practice basic emergency ENT procedures, including anterior and posterior nasal packing, flexible nasolaryngoscopy and procedures involving microscopy of the ears. This simulator is reusable and has been distributed to a number of centers around the world. An article currently undergoing peer review describes the use and manufacture of this device.

ENT essential skills simulator.
This manikin allows trainees the opportunity to practice a number of practical procedures.
Essential skills simulator in use. Top and bottom left corner panels: A and C: video flexible nasolaryngoscopy being performed on manikin (Spain). Top left panel B: Anterior nasal packing being performed on manikin (Ethiopia). Bottom left panel D: Microsuction being performed  on manikin (United Kingdom)

Similarly, a reusable quinsy model has been developed alongside the essential skills simulator. Both devices have proved popular during local inductions for doctors new to the field of ENT.

The quinsy simulator in use  (United Kingdom)

A model for the purposes of teaching anterior neck access has been developed alongside two flexible nasolaryngoscopy trainers.

Front of neck access simulator. Series of images illustrating the structures encountered during tracheostomy. Bottom right image: Tracheostomy tube (silver Negus) inserted into trachea.
Flexible Nasolaryngoscopy  Trainers.  These models consist of a series of chambers. Each Chamber contains an image which the candidate must try and identify using a flexible scope. The trainer is designed to help candidates familiarise themselves with flexible scopes

All of the above models have been used on a number of teaching sessions in various institutions. More recently it has been a pleasure and great honour to use these models on the Barts Introduction to ENT Course. I would recommend this course to those interested or about to start a rotation in ENT.

If institutions or individuals would like support or an example of any of the devices described here then please contact me via e-mail.

Thank you for visiting my page.

With Best Wishes

Dr I Beegun
MRCS, DOHNS, MBChB, MSc, DIC, BSc (HONS)
drbeegun@gmail.com