How do doctors train for unusual situations during birth? Partly through study, of course, but sometimes it has to be learned on the fly. Medicine is tricky and it’s hard to simulate conditions. But a new device is helping obstetricians at one hospital prepare for tricky birth situations. The Times-Leader has the story.
At the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital, a new birthing simulator is being used to train doctors on how to deal with risky births. The simulator is a robot, shaped like a mannequin, that can recreate many birthing scenarios, including high-risk ones. The simulator is named Victoria by the staff.
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Victoria has been designed to replicate serious issues like breech births, umbilical cord strangulation, shoulder dystocia, and other mechanical problems that can cause serious damage to the mother or the baby. The “mother” can also simulate pulse, blood pressure, eye movement, and other indicators that can tell doctors if a mother is in distress. The baby also has similar features.
With this “high-fidelity” tool, the hospital hopes reduce the chances of a birth trauma during birth. We hope that these kinds of simulators become more common in hospitals so that fewer babies suffer injuries from inexperienced doctors.