3 Benefits Of The Basic Billy Life Support Simulator

Cardiac Failure, A Leading Cause Of Death

With cardiac failure as one of the leading causes of death, let “Basic Billy” show that it is not difficult to provide help and save lives through correct cardiac massage and ventilation techniques.

“About 5.1 million people in the United States have heart failure¹

Heart failure occurs when the weakened heart muscle cannot pump enough blood and oxygen to support other organs in your body. Unlike a healthy heart muscle that pumps blood into the aorta, the weakened heart muscle cannot pump enough blood into the aorta which results in heart failure. Although heart failure is a serious condition, the heart has not entirely stopped beating or is about to stop working². The heart simply cannot pump blood the way it should.

Designed Based Upon Extensive Results of Studies 

Basic Billy CPR manikin emerged by using the extensive results of studies focusing on the depth and force of compression during cardiopulmonary resuscitation or more commonly referred to as (CPR). The design of “Basic Billy” was based on guidelines set forth by the AHA (American Heart Association)  and ERC (European Resuscitation Council). “Basic Billy”, developed in Germany, was designed with optimal force and compression values in mind. Basic Billy is both anatomically correct and hygienic to use.

Two CPR Manikins In One

The “Basic Billy” basic life support simulator is quite versatile, as it can be used as either an adult or child  (approximate age 12). The interchangeable compression springs are located in the back of the trainer to give realistic depth feedback of either the adult or child. The head tilts easily to provide an open airway for mouth-to-mouth and mouth-to-nose resuscitation. As an added feature, the thorax raises as the lungs are ventilated.

3 Benefits Of The “Basic Billy” Life Support Simulator 

1. Easily exchangeable lung bag – The lung bag can be changed quickly and easily. Begin by removing the thorax skin and then remove the face skin. To detach the lung bag from the lung bag socket, you will need to remove the jaw insert. Replace the used lung bag with a new one and then reattach the lung bag socket to the jaw insert (make sure the lung bag lays flat once in place). Reattach the face skin and thorax skin to complete the complete the process.

2. Compression spring is quickly and easily converted from adult to child mode – Changing the compression spring allows for child mode. To exchange the adult compression spring (red spring) for the child compression spring (green spring), begin by removing the thorax skin, face skin and lung bag. Once that step has been completed, the thorax cover can be detached and removed (Tilting the head back will make it easier to remove the thorax cover).  The compression spring is located in the back of the trainer and can be easily replaced. Once the compression spring has been exchanged, follow the first step in reverse order.

3. Easily cleanable and hygienic – Basic Billy comes with disinfectant cleaning solution, 50 lung bags and 2 additional face masks for hygienic reasons. Cleaning is easy, simply spoon the contents of the package of cleaning solution into a large bowl of warm water and place the lung bag socket, jaw insert and face skin into the bowl of solution. The cleaning process will take approximately 30 minutes. Rinse all of the components with clean, warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

The robust construction, ease of use and realistic handling,  the “Basic Billy” life support simulator is suitable for both medical training and for teaching in schools, clubs and first aid courses. This simulator offers all the necessary features to learn about the life-saving algorithm, comprising cardiac massage and respiration for adults and children. For more information on the “Basic Billy” life support simulator, review the video below.


Please note this post/video is for product demonstration only and is not intended to train CPR. 



Featured Product: 3B Scientific Clinical Breast Trainer

Today’s featured product is our 3B Scientific Clinical Breast Trainer! This medical anatomy trainer is an excellent tool to improve clinical skills in diagnosis and palpation.


  • Five identifiable anatomical anomalies
  • Fluid filled cyst for aspiration and palpation
  • 2 palpable lumps (approx. 1 cm and 1.5cm diameter) on the lateral side of the breast
  • Infection in Armpit in axilla region
  • Lump in tissue above the clavicle
  • Modular design for simple replacement of skin, cyst, lump axilliary gland
  • Skin detaches for replacing cysts
  • Realistic tactile feel
  • Easy to keep clean
  • Weight: 1.11 kg (2.45 lb)
  • Dimensions: 33 x 25 x 15 cm (13.0 x 9.8 x 5.9 in)

This clinical breast trainer is a great medical tool to use for hands on learning. Have a question or comment about our clinical breast trainer? Leave a message in the box below!

9 Study Tips To Help You Learn Human Anatomy

Human Anatomy

Human anatomy courses present a systemic approach to the study of the human body. Many courses will begin with the introduction of anatomical terminology and an overview of the cellular processes and tissue classifications. Students learn about the gross and microscopic anatomy of the following systems: nervous system, musculoskeletal system, circulatory system, respiratory system, digestive system, integumentary system, urinary system, reproductive system, immune system, lymphatic system and the endocrine system. Human anatomy courses will generally offer a laboratory component that parallels and reinforces concepts through the use of anatomical models, histological slides, skeletal materials and cadaver demonstrations.

1. Study early and frequently

When learning a new subject it is important to keep up with the course material and develop a habit of reviewing your coursework on a daily basis. Repetition is an important factor that will contribute to your overall success, study new and previous material to improve your understanding of the subject matter.

2. Understand your optimal learning style

Are you a visual, auditory or tactile learner. Determine what method works the best for you and develop your study habits based on your preferred learning style.

3. Budget your time

The human body is a complex structure comprised of the nervous system, musculoskeletal system, circulatory system, respiratory system, digestive system, integumentary system, urinary system, reproductive system, immune system, lymphatic system and the endocrine system. When learning about such a complex structure like the human body it is important to manage your time by setting priorities and planning study sessions. A general rule of thumb is to allocate 90 – 120 minutes for outside study for every 60 minutes spent in the classroom. Similar to establishing a good exercise routine, you will want to establish a study routine throughout the week dedicated to learning the material. Shorter, more frequent study sessions will improve your retention of the material and avoid burnout.

The human brain has about 100,000,000,000 neurons. (100 billion)

4. Create a suitable study space

Creating a good study environment allows you to maximize your learning efficiency. When combined with effective time management, good reading and note taking skills, developing effective test taking strategies, a good study space serves as impetus for productive effort. Depending on your optimal learning style, you will want to recognize which environmental distractions are most likely to interfere with your concentration.

5. Formulate a reading strategy 

Memory is formed by associations, so if you want help remembering things, create associations for yourself. 

Developing a sound reading strategy is crucial to successfully learning the material. Before class make sure to scan the chapter by looking at the headings, terms and figures so that you are aware of the topics and terms that will be discussed during the lecture. Following the lecture, review the chapter and us the the notes taken in class as a guide. Take breaks between reading sections and review the information before moving on to the next session. Make a list of what you need to read and budget out the material in an easy to manage manner, this will prevent you from cramming too much information into one study session. Set goals that are realistic and attainable. Try to follow the SQ3R reading method – Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Recite.

6. Take detailed notes

The SQ3R reading method can be incorporated into your note taking system. The Cornell Note-Taking System will help improve your note taking and overall study skills. When taking notes during the lecture, record only the essentials or telegraphic sentences. Formulate questions based on the lecture material immediately after class, this will improve retention of the material and also provides study questions for upcoming exams. Recite the answers to your questions in your own words and then reflect on the material. Once you have completed this process, spend ten minutes every week reviewing your previous notes to improve retention and prepare you for exams.

7. Study actively

Active study techniques are important for many reasons, especially when it comes to learning about human anatomy. Learning any complicated subject takes time. Understanding human anatomy involves a number of pre-requisites and drawing from information gained from previous courses. The human brain learns by hearing, seeing, feeling, tasting and detecting motion or kinetic energy. When studying human anatomy you will listen to your professor lecturing, you will read your course material, you will feel the anatomical models, and record the information from lectures, labs and reading. There are a number of active study tips including mnemonics, study cards, memorization that can help you increase material retention. Repetition is essential to learning a complicated subject like human anatomy.

8. Develop effective test taking strategies

Developing effective test strategies is much easier when you have established a sound study routine. When dealing with course material that you are familiar with rather than material you are just learning will improve your overall retention and lead to better performance in exams. Many of the strategies previously discussed will prove to be beneficial leading up to your exam.
9. Use all resources available to you  

It is important to properly manage your resources just as you manage your time. Use all the class time available, don’t leave early. Utilize open lab periods to expand and test your knowledge. By taking good notes and asking good questions you will be able to work with your instructors on any issues you may have, hopefully long before the exam. If your school has anatomical models in the classroom, lab or library make sure to take advantage of those resources to help you master the material, 90% of what you remember is based on what you do. Create a study group of fellow students to review the material and develop study questions based on important topics.


Learning human anatomy is difficult and it will take a considerable amount of time and dedication. As mentioned earlier you should expect to invest 10-12 hours per week studying anatomy outside of class, including weeks after breaks. Human anatomy courses are largely based on memorization, both visual (cadavers, 3D anatomical models, anatomical charts) and definitions. There is also a critical thinking component where you will need to be able to identify a part of the anatomy based upon clues. As stated before, repetition and developing sound study techniques will provide you the framework for success in learning human anatomy.

3 Ways To Improve Patient Education With Anatomical Models

The Importance Of Patient Education

Patient education is important on several levels, including improving the overall well-being of the patient, healthcare community, insurance companies and taxpayers. When a patient is empowered with the proper medical knowledge, they have a higher chance of experiencing a positive outcome. Patient education is an important part of treating the patient and can help reduce the chance of unnecessary admissions to the hospital, an increase in medication costs and financial burden to the patient and family.

Patient education is a valuable step in the treatment process where the patient is provided verbal or written material to improve understanding and prevent complications. Providing patient education can improve long term outcomes which ultimately can lead to better coping and decision making skills. When patients have a strong understanding of their disease or illness they are more likely to fully recover and not experience repeated setbacks.

“At least 20 percent of all patients admitted to a U.S hospital make a repeat visit within 30 days of their discharge, according to Medicare and others who’ve studied the problem of hospital readmissions.¹”

When patient education is performed successfully it can benefit many different parties including the patient, medical staff, healthcare facilities, etc. The likelihood of readmission is diminished when a patient is properly educated regarding treatable conditions. A patient should keep in mind that knowledge is power, armed with knowledge, the patient will be able to take control of their lives and live a healthier life. Below we take a look at three ways to improve patient education by incorporating anatomical models into the patient education process.

1. Patient Education In DIGMAs Settings

“In DIGMAs and PSMAs, the physician often enhances patient education by using a variety of educational materials, charts, anatomical models, and handouts while addressing each patients’s health issues in turn so that all are able to listen, ask questions, and learn.”

Physicians use educational props and materials including anatomical modelsanatomical charts, as well as an assortment of educational handouts to help get important points across to their patients in the DIGMA (Drop-in Group Medical Appointment) and PSMA (Physicals Shared Medical Appointment) settings. “Properly run DIGMAs provide an effective medical treatment in a relaxed and informative setting along with the information, encouragement, and support that patients and their families need for living their lives as fully as possible, despite their illnesses.” Patients benefit from the experiences of other patients who may have the same condition for a longer period of time, this provides a unique opportunity for the patient discuss important issues with their peers (Noffsinger, 2009).

2. Awareness Of Medical Conditions 

Anatomical models can provide the patient with valuable information regarding a specific condition or diagnosis. Ranging from a life size diseased heart to diseased lung, these models provide an invaluable resource for patients and students  to gain a better understanding of specific medical conditions. The diseased heart model improves the patients awareness and understanding of heart disease, many of these models come with full color patient education cards illustrating  general heart anatomy and heart disease. The diseased lung model illustrates the effects of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), cancer and asthma.

By incorporating anatomical models and anatomical charts into the patient education processes, patients will have an improved understanding of a specific medical condition, diagnosis, disease, or disability. Patient education may include preventative education or awareness, including discussions regarding skin cancer, or more specific recommendations regarding a diagnosis of Type II diabetes and how to manage it properly.

3. Physical Therapy Patient Education 

Having a anatomical model or chart readily accessible makes discussing an initial evaluation or  treatment session with a patient much more effective. When discussing an injury with a patient it’s beneficial to show them the impacted area, common treatment approaches and injury descriptions that patients can relate to. As a physical therapist, it’s important to be able to educate patients by explaining the patients anatomy as well as treatment options. Full size muscular figures are an excellent tool to help explain the different muscles, the proper way to treat injuries, and compare muscle figures of healthy and unhealthy muscles examples.




¹Hernandez, Adrian F. M.D., Greiner, Melissa A. M.S., Fonarow, Gregg C. M.D., et al, Relationship between early physician follow-up and 30-day readmission among Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for heart failure, Journal of the American Medical Association 303(17) May 5, 2010, pp 1716-1722

Noffsinger, Edward B. Running Group Visits in Your Practice, 80 and 382 (2009).

Giving Patients A Visual With Anatomical Models

Physicians try their best to communicate to their patients in a way that they can understand a specific medical situation. Since a majority of patients don’t have medical backgrounds, some medical terminology may not be understood or could potentially be misinterpreted.

We’ve found that physicians often prefer communicating with patients when they have a visual to reference – like an anatomical model.

How do anatomical models help?

  • Help accurately evaluate your patient’s anatomy
  • Improves communication between you and your patient and medical staff
  • Serves as a visual reference before, during, after surgery
  • Cuts down the risk of patients misinterpreting information
  • Anatomical models are accurate

Patients will appreciate the visual reference when communicating about a health issue or situation. For example, for a patient that has COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) we offer a Diseased Lung Model. This anatomical model is a full-size model of two separate lungs with 4 cutaway sections illustrating the anatomy and effects of COPD, cancer and asthma on the opposite side.

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How Anatomical Models Improve Comprehension For Spatial Learners

Connecting With Visual (Spatial) Learners 

“65 percent of the population consists of visual learners; therefore when teachers lecture, they are reaching less than half of the class¹.”

Spatial learning or right brained learning is the phenomenon of thinking through visual processing².

Visual Aids In Human Anatomy

“We’ve known for some time that students in anatomy who use visual aids such as models or computer programs perform better on anatomy course examinations (McNulty et al., 2010; Sugand et al., 2010, and we can expect to see an increase in student reliance upon visual learning aids as curricula trend toward less classroom and laboratory didactic time…It is projected that over the next decade teaching medical school anatomy will likely rely more on independent learning aids (Sugand et al.,).” 

Anatomical Models vs. Virtual Models 

Several studies conducted over the last two decades have provided insight into the effectiveness of digital media. Digital media, such as dynamic presentations and virtual reality, have had mixed effects on learners, and not all positive (Garg et al., 1999, 2001, 2002; Brenton et al., 2007; Levinson, 2007).

In a recent study, two undergraduate students Zaid Khot and Kaitlyn Quinlan from Drs. Geoff Norman and Bruce Wainman laboratories at McMaster University compared learner outcomes among  those using computer-based virtual reality materials and those using a static atlas-type compendium of photographic images and a solid state 3D plastic model (Khot et al., 2013). One group used only 3D computer-based virtual rendering of a pelvis reconstructed from CT scans, the second group used a plastic model of the pelvis, and the third group used 2D photographs of the plastic model.

Traditional Plastic Anatomical Models

Another interesting study conducted by Daniel Preece at The Royal Veterinary College at the University of London determined that students who used a plastic model of an equine foot learned significantly more than those who used traditional textbooks or more advanced 3D computer modeling programs (Preece et al., 2013).  In both studies,Khot and Preece, there was no advantage to students who used computer-generated visual tools over two-dimensional media that included traditional textbooks and atlases (Khot et al., 2013; Preece et al., 2013).

A Simple Truth

“The future of anatomical education, to be a truly multi-modal discipline, must remain hands-on³.

Designed For The Kinesthetic & Spatial Learner

Surprisingly, the group of students that used the plastic model outperformed both groups. Static anatomical models provide the student with an important hands-on learning experience that cannot currently be replicated with technology. 




Khot Z, Quinlan K, Norman GR, Wainman B The relative effectiveness of computer-based and traditional resources for education in anatomy. Anat Sci Educ 6, 211-215 (2013).

McNulty JA, Sonntag B, Sinacore JM Evaluation of computer-aided instruction in a gross anatomy course: A six-year study. Anat Sci Educ 2, 2-8 (2010)

Sugand K, Abrahmas P, Khurana A The anatomy of anatomy: A review for its modernization. Anat Sci Edu 3, 83-93 (2010).

Wojciech Pawlina and Richard L. Drake Anatomical models: Don’t banish them from the anatomy laboratory yet. Anat Sci Edu 4, 209-210 (2013).


3 Educational Uses For A Life-Size Human Torso Anatomy Model

Understanding The Human Body 

The human body is a scientific marvel. Complex and multi-faceted, the human body is composed of amazing organs and awe-inspiring physiological functions. To thoroughly capture all of its components, high-quality anatomical models are carefully built to meticulous standards of realism. Every minute detail is represented in vivid color and rich detail, to provide you with the most accurate representation for your instruction or diagnosis.

Human Torso Anatomy Models

Of all the types of anatomical models, human torso anatomy models are the most detailed. Most critical organs are housed within the trunk or torso. The heart and lungs, located in the upper chest, are protected by the rib cage. The abdomen contains the majority of organs responsible for digestion, including the stomach, small and large intestines, pancreas, liver, and the gallbladder. The abdomen also contains the kidneys and spleen.

Many of the torso anatomy models are hand-painted, to capture even the smallest details.  For example, The Deluxe Dual Sex Torso with Muscular Arm model, is a life-size representation of the human torso and features a 6-part muscle arm. This high-quality model is especially suited for the meeting the standards of medical schools. The right half shows the skin, the left half illustrates the superficial and deeper muscles with nerves, vessels and bony structures. The versatility of this aesthetically designed model is rounded off by the exact representation of the internal organs. 

1. Instructional Usage

Life size human torso anatomy models provide a realistic representation of the various parts of the human body and internal organs. Highly detailed human torso anatomy models are used by medical institutions to train students and residents on the intricacies of the human body. Doctors and medical instructors employ torso models to illustrate the complicated structure and functions of the internal organs.

2.Teaching Aids For Students 

Human torso anatomy models are an excellent study aid for students to gain a deeper understanding of the components and structure of the human body and internal organs. Students will appreciate the opportunity to have access to color-coded, hands-on unisex anatomical models to assist in their studies. Labeled human torso models feature clear views of the vertebrae, spinal cord, spinal nerves, vertebral arteries, lungs, stomach, liver, intestinal track, kidneys, heart, and more.

3. Patient Education Resource 

Human anatomical models play an important part in the patient education process. Health professionals can incorporate anatomical models into their discussions with patients and caregivers to assist in the explanation of medical conditions and treatment options. The knowledge gained by the patient and caregivers can help improve their health behaviors and potentially improve their health status. Integrating a life size human torso anatomy model into the patient education process provides the patient with a clearer understanding of the human body and the anatomical structure. Anatomical models are a valuable teaching tool to help demonstrate the various parts of the human body and internal organs.

A Valuable Tool 

Understanding the human body is important for medical students and healthcare professionals alike. Anatomical models are some of the best teaching aids. Approximately 65 percent of the population¹ are visual learners, incorporating anatomical models into teaching methods will help support the material covered in lectures and textbooks. When discussing medical procedures and conditions with patients it is equally important to be able to support the discussion with accurate and realistic anatomical models. Whether you are a student studying human anatomy in a biology classroom or a doctor explaining something to a patient, anatomical models are a valuable tool.





How-To Choose The Right Human Skeleton Model

The Human Skeletal System

The human skeletal system, the internal skeleton serves as a framework for the body, is one of the most difficult body components to study and observe. Human skeleton models and diagrams are the primary teaching tools used to teach students and patients. When it comes to choosing the right human skeleton model it is important to familiarize yourself with the skeletal system.

The skeleton consists of bones, cartilage, joints, and ligaments. Humans are born with approximately 350 bones. As they grow, some bones fuse together over time to form a single bone. As a result, adults have 206 individual bones.

The Two Divisions of the Human Skeleton

The bones of a human skeleton can be categorized into two divisions. The first group, axial skeleton, are the 80 bones that form the central axis of the human body and consist of the skull, vertebral column, and bony thorax. The axial skeleton bones support and protect the organs of the head, neck and trunk, including the skull, sternum, ribs, and vertebrae.  The second group, appendicular skeleton, are the 126 bones that are related to our appendages, including the bones of the arms, hands, legs, feet, shoulder, and hip.

The location where two bones meet is called a joint. There are two types of joints in the human body; fixed joints and moving joints. The skull has 28 bones which are fused together with fixed joints. Moving joints allow for humans to twist and bend in different directions. There are two main types of moving joints, a hinge joint and a ball and socket joint. Ligaments are stretchy bands of tissue that hold together bones. In between the bones of a joint is a firm, rubbery tissue called cartilage. Cartilage acts as the body’s shock absorber.

Selecting the Right Human Skeleton Model

Now that we have covered the basics of the human skeletal system we can determine what type of human skeleton model will be right for your intended usage. The first step in selecting the right human skeleton model is identifying the criteria you will use to make your selection.  Listed below are the six main categories that will clearly identify which human skeleton model is right for you.

  • Basic Specifications; required assembly, display stand, gender, height, material, and numbered parts.
  • Skeleton Details; herniated/prolapsed disk in spine, muscle origins/insertions marked, nerve branches marked, realistic texture, imitation tendons/ligaments, and vertebral artery marked.
  • Flexible Parts; arms, fingers, jaw, joints, legs, and spine.
  • Removable Parts; arms, calvarium (skull cap), feet, hands, legs, and teeth.
  • Education Materials; bone guide, general anatomy information, and detailed bone information.
  • Intended Uses; primary school, secondary school, doctor’s office, and physical therapy.

After evaluating the different skeleton models against the criteria listed above you should have a clear understanding of the main differences between the available models. There are a wide-range of models available from the small budget skeleton models like Flexible Mr. Thrifty to the deluxe natural sized, highly detailed skeleton model cast from actual bone to meet your needs. If you have any additional questions regarding how to choose the right human skeleton model contact us or leave a comment below.