Simulation using manikins is becoming an integral part of medical training around the country to help improve the quality of care for patients. Research indicates that simulated learning environments contribute to preparing medical staff for emergencies, enhance their skills and allow them to practice rarely used procedures.
In addition, simulator training is credited with reducing medical errors that can sometimes be fatal. Simulation is especially valuable in obstetrics, according to Professor Pamela Andreatta of the Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.
Medical simulations often use lifelike and technologically advanced manikins that can bleed, blink, undergo anesthesia, have a pulse and deliver babies. Miami-based Gaumard Scientific claims its Noelle line of birthing simulators is one of the most commonly used of its kind in the world. The company’s most recent birthing simulator, Victoria, was launched in 2014. It is more realistic and can give birth to a baby that can cry and move its head.
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In October 2015, Florida Hospital announced the opening of a new simulation center in the Altamonte area for training newly hired nurses across its eight Central Florida hospitals. The hospital already has simulation centers at its East Orlando hospital and the Adventist University of Health Sciences.
New York City’s Staten Island University Hospital is another institution that uses simulators to train students and provide doctors and nurses with opportunities to practice both routine and emergency procedures. One of the conditions the obstetrics team deals with is shoulder dystocia, in which an infant’s shoulders get stuck while passing through the birth canal. The birth injury occurs in around one percent of deliveries. Simulators are used to practice the technically complex maneuvers required to dislodge the baby.
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