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Interactive neonatal simulator offers true-to-life training experience

Laerdal Medical : 02 June, 2008  (New Product)
Laerdal has launched SimNewB, the company’s youngest patient simulator that offers an interactive neonatal simulator designed to replicate both simple and complex scenarios in the first 10 minutes of a newborn’s life, optimising training opportunities within all neonatal training curricula.
Leading simulation into a new era, the 21inch long, 7lbs SimNewB presents a host of true-to-life medical challenges from the simplicity of a moving, crying, healthy infant through to a limp, cyanotic newborn with no vital signs. The simulator’s operating system allows the trainer to easily set up, control and diversify scenarios remotely.

The accurate anatomical representation of a full-term, female baby promotes intuitive student involvement and clinical intervention and intensifies the learning experience. Extolling the benefits of SimNewB, Jay P Goldsmith, MD, FAA, co-chair NRP Steering Committee, said, “There will be a lot of flexibility with this patient simulator, which will allow instructors to be creative and make their simulation training as simple or as complex as they want it to be.”

“Simulation truly enhances the learning experience in terms of patient care, management and outcome,” added Steven Root, resuscitation services manager at the North West London Hospital NHS Trust. “With SimNewB, students won’t have to use their imagination to believe in the scenario. It moves, cries and its lips go blue which they won’t expect. It will make training much more credible.”

Compatible with Laerdal’s Advanced Video System, SimNewB enables appropriately timed trainer interjection during the scenario, and repeatable audio/visual feedback for the ensuing debrief, which makes for valuable reflective learning.

Laerdal has utilised sophisticated technology to create lifelike realism, helping trainers meet the needs of students at any level without compromising safety. However, the company’s commitment to the development of simulation in education doesn’t stop at innovation its range of on-site services and technical expertise enables even novice trainers to use SimNewB and scenario-based training to their full potential.

Simulation plays a sizeable part in the curriculum at Cardiff University of Nursing and Midwifery. This Centre is an established user of Laerdal simulation products for the training of nursing staff as well as midwives, paediatricians and paramedics. Talking about the arrival of SimNewB, Jane Davies, professional head of children and young peoples’ nursing, said “It will be a valuable addition in helping students practise the clinical and interpersonal skills required for dealing with a number of difficult challenges often presented in the real world.“

SimNewB has been designed to look, feel, react and engage like a real newborn. Just like the real thing, it has also been constructed to withstand constant handling a feature that will enable its use within many different environments.

Dr Claudine De Munter, who is a consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care and the director of the Paediatric Simulation programme at St Mary’s hospital Imperial College NHS Trust, trains nurses, paediatricians and anaesthetists in infant care and is a strong advocate of simulation training on the ward as well as in the educational environment. “Simulation is far less developed in paediatrics than in anaesthesia or surgery,” said deMunter. “Patient scenarios involving teams of doctors, nurses and ward equipment are bound to enhance communication and leadership skills as well as clinical skills in acute situations.”
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