Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Medicine's Cutting Edge: $40K Baby Doll
NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 | By R. Stickney

Posted on 06/21/2012 5:39:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway

SimBaby gurgles, breathes and even turns blue

It’s a critical moment in an emergency room, when a baby stops breathing.

However, in this hospital room, the patient bounces back in seconds when hospital staffers simply push the reset button.

Rady Children’s Hospital showed off its newest piece of training technology Thursday.

Thanks to a donation from Fuerte Hills Unit of Rady Children's Auxiliary, doctors and nurses have access to a realistic simulator that looks a lot like a toy.

SimBaby was developed by a company in Sweden and is on the cutting edge of simulation in medicine.

“The doll is as life-like as it can be,” said Charles Sauer, DO, a Neonatologist at Rady Children’s Hospital. SimBaby gurgles, breathes and even turns blue depending on how trainers manipulate the program.

“We can collapse a lung and do all sorts of training with it,” Sauer adds. “That’s wonderful for our staff.

Nurses and doctors monitor SimBaby’s heartbeat, check blood pressure and can even practice placing IVs or inserting chest tubes on the tiny doll.

Then, when trainees take the correct action, the doll cries signaling an end to the exercise.

Before SimBaby came along, an instructor would holler out changes to a patient’s status during a simulation but ultimately, that’s not very realistic according to Sauer. The ability to change the situation in real-time as trainees are working on the patient is critical.

“Here we have the most fragile babies that are sick and emergencies do come up and weneed staff to be ready,” Sauer said.

“The best way to be prepared is to put staffers through lots of training.”

At a price tag of $40,000, not every hospital can afford this latest technology so one of the hospital’s goals is to share SimBaby with other hospitals in the region through an outreach training program.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: simbaby

1 posted on 06/21/2012 5:39:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

We’ve been using this w/ our nurse anesthesia students for about the last 6 years prior to their pediatrics rotation. It works great!!!


2 posted on 06/21/2012 5:57:54 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson