OEI Announces RealMom Birthing Simulator Will Debut at INACSL, Creating Paradigm Shift in Labor and Delivery Training

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In anticipation of record attendance at this years International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning Operative Experience (INACSL) in Washington D.C., Operative Experience Inc. (OEI), a leading developer of high-fidelity human patient simulators, announced the launch of RealMom, a “breakthrough, full-body childbirth simulator designed to revolutionize the way clinicians and practitioners develop proficiency in labor and delivery procedures.”

Representatives suggested that RealMom leapfrogs today’s hard-plastic birthing manikins, by providing the most natural and realistic childbirth simulator ever created, featuring incredibly lifelike soft tissue, accurate internal anatomy and an active birth canal with human-like dilation and effacement. RealMom provides learners with a high-adrenaline, “true-to-life” delivery room experience and a full spectrum of clinical scenarios from normal fetal delivery to more complicated procedures, such as breech, shoulder dystocia, nuchal cord, cord prolapse, and assisted delivery with forceps and vacuum devices.

RealMom Features:

  • Lifelike Mother and Baby: Full-body female simulator and full-term baby with unsurpassed realism and lifelike appearance. Features realistic, soft tissue and accurate internal anatomy.Available in Caucasian and African American skin tones.
  • Natural Delivery: First-in-the-world, natural delivery with active, soft tissue birth canal. Provides human-like dilation and effacement with massageable fundus and amniotic reservoir. Includes a fully-realistic uterus, placenta and umbilical cord.
  • Fully Operable: Provides normal delivery, breech, shoulder dystocia, nuchal cord, cord prolapse, transverse and placenta previa, compound delivery, and assisted delivery with forceps or vacuum devices.
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage: Realistic postpartum hemorrhage control with appropriate flow control and the ability to effectively stop hemorrhage with a Bakri or Ebb balloon.
  • Tablet Control: Instructor control of dilation and delivery progression. Physiological presentation and control of maternal and fetal heart rate, fetal heart tones and contractions, pulses, blood pressure and SPO2. Supports iOS, Android and computer browsers.
  • Simple and Affordable: More affordable than other competitive birthing simulators and with no complicated programming or set-ups there’s no simulator downtime.

“RealMom is simply the most exciting development in labor and delivery training to date,” said Jane O’Reilly, Global VP of Sales for OEI. “RealMom looks real and feels real and provides learners with the most realistic and lifelike simulated birthing experience out there. It’s really one of a kind.”

RealMom can be operated wirelessly using an iOS or Android tablet device and provides precise control of dilation and delivery progression as well as heart rate and tones, contractions, pulses, blood pressure and SPO2 levels. As well as being incredibly realistic and lifelike, RealMom is exceptionally reliable with no complicated set-up or programming required of instructors and subsequently no simulator downtime.

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“Operative Experience is already recognized for its groundbreaking line of soft tissue, open surgery simulators for emergency obstetric procedures,” said Mick Navin, President and CEO of OEI. “RealMom is a natural extension of this technology and provides learners and educators with the first ever complete and fully-integrated solution for labor and delivery skills training. We deliver the entire continuum of care, from vaginal delivery through an active birth canal to emergency skin-to-skin C-section, postpartum hemorrhage control enabling practice including uterine artery repair, compression sutures and the Bakri balloon, and c-hyst when hemorrhage cannot be contained.”

OEI will introduce RealMom this week at the annual INACSL conference so be sure to stop by their booth to see this innovative new product!

About Operative Experience, Inc.

Operative Experience, Inc. is on a mission to revolutionize surgical and pre-hospital training. Using medical simulators with unprecedented anatomical and surgical fidelity within a rigorous experiential instructional paradigm, OEI reduces training costs while increasing training effectiveness and retention. OEI is dedicated to applying this technology to reduce combat and civilian surgical mortality and to provide humanitarian support to developing countries with limited medical resources.

Learn more about RealMom at the OEI website today!

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Gaumard Scientific Completes First U.S. Installations of New Victoria Birthing Simulator

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Today I received word that Gaumard’s new birthing manikin “Victoria S2200” has been successfully installed in the first of many simulation centers. Think of Victoria as the “2.0” version of Noelle – with features looking so lifelike you are sure to keep questioning if what you are seeing is actually a manikin. Victoria can simulate low and high risk deliveries with an endless variation of clinical presentations and she can do so with precise repeatability. The patented fetal delivery system, powerful control software and a library of preprogrammed scenarios combine to allow learners to resolve situations in a safe environment, improve performance in specific situations and gain valuable experience. As a manufacturing pioneer in realistic manikin skins, it’s no wonder that Gaumard continues to push our industry to new heights. I hope to see Victoria at ASPIH UK this November, and for sure at IMSH 2015 New Orleans!

Gaumard Scientific Company today announced completion of the first U.S. installations of its new Victoria birthing simulator. The installation sites are:

  • Adena Health System, PACCAR Medical Education Center, Chillicothe, Ohio
  • Carolinas HealthCare System, Carolinas Simulation Center, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Billings Clinic, Simulation and Experiential Learning Lab (SELL), Billings, Montana

Introduced earlier this year, Victoria is the latest addition to the family of NOELLE maternal and neonatal care simulators. Victoria has a patented, precision life-like delivery and birthing mechanism that births a life-like, full-term baby with sophisticated monitoring capabilities. The Victoria system includes comprehensive clinical scenarios, including shoulder dystocia and postpartum hemorrhage. With articulating endoskeletons and silky smooth elastomeric skin, Victoria is the most realistic, fully tetherless and wireless maternal/fetal simulator for use in actual point of care training.

John Eggert, Gaumard’s executive vice president, said: “Hospital administrators, insurance companies and educators are looking for ways to improve patient care, reduce medical errors and reduce costs, especially in the area of obstetrics. More than 200,000 Americans die from preventable medical errors each year, and the cost to the healthcare system exceeds $17 billion. One third of medical errors by trainees involved the care of obstetrics and gynecology patients. When medical errors happen in obstetrics, settlements of cases may cost millions of dollars. Victoria represents true innovation in patient simulation based on input we obtained from health care educators worldwide. Most importantly, Victoria enables the simulation of care as it would be in real practice and stands as a platform on which Gaumard will develop other simulation applications.”

About Gaumard Scientific

Gaumard Scientific Company has designed, manufactured and marketed simulators for health care education for more than 60 years. Users worldwide – the military, emergency medical services, major teaching hospitals and nursing schools – recognize Gaumard products for their innovation in simulation in the pre-hospital, obstetrics and gynecology, surgical and nursing care segments. In 2000, Gaumard launched the revolutionary family of NOELLE maternal and neonatal care simulators that changed the way training is conducted. In 2004, Gaumard pioneered the use of fully tetherless technology with the introduction of the family of HAL simulators. In 2014, the company introduced Victoria™, its most advanced, mobile maternal/fetal simulator as part of the NOELLE family. Gaumard manufactures its products at its world headquarters in Miami.

For more information, visit Gaumard’s Victoria Page!

Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator IMSH 2014 Interview Part 2: Advanced Engineering

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Shortly after IMSH 2014 I posted a video about the belle of the ball: Fidelis from CAE Healthcare. You can watch part 1 of my Fidelis Maternal Fetal review interview here, in which we learn why CAE decided to enter into the birthing simulator market now with their first new simulator since the METI acquisition and the clinical learning opportunities of this advanced manikin. Part 2, shown below covers my interview with Devin Johns Group Leader, Technology and Standards at CAE Healthcare who helped lead the engineering team of Fidelis. Unique to CAE Healthcare is the ability to pull from the years of experience manufacturing some of the world’s leading aviation simulators. You can really see the attention to engineering detail and streamlined design of the Fidelis by seeing her in this video!

About Fidelis

The CAE Fidelis Lucina Maternal Fetal Simulator was developed for clinicians and interprofessional teams who manage normal deliveries as well as childbirth complications and obstetrical emergencies. The birthing simulator offers reliable, realistic training for childbirth maneuvers and emergency response when time is short and teamwork is essential. Developed in partnership with leading maternal-fetal educators and biomedical engineers, Lucina is the only childbirth simulator with validated maternal-fetal physiology. The physiological modeling allows learners to monitor and manage both patients without instructor intervention

Coming Soon! The Added Value of Two Patients in One

The Lucina Maternal Fetal Simulator now offers the option to add a Female Patient Module with a non-pregnant abdomen and five Simulated Clinical Experiences (SCEs). Use your Lucina simulator year-round as both an obstetrical patient and a normal female patient.  Users can also create their own SCEs on the Müse system. The five Female Patient Module SCEs are:

  • Chronic Heart Failure Exacerbation
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Sepsis with Hypotension
  • Brain Attack with Thrombolytic Therapy
  • Motor Vehicle Collision with Hypovolemic Shock

Learn more by Reading Part 1 of our Fidelis Review Demonstration from IMSH 2014!

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Laerdal SimMom Automation Hardware Upgrade Now Available

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At IMSH 2014 Laerdal was on hand to demonstrate their new hardware upgrade for birthing simulator “SimMom”, which now supports both automatic and manual delivery training scenarios with the optional Automatic Delivery Module. The great news here is that if you have previously purchased SimMom from Laerdal, that the Automatic Delivery Module Upgrade kit is available. Watch HealthySim’s video interview below with Fredrikke Vikhamar, APN, PNP, CS Group Product Manager at Laerdal during IMSH 2014 to learn more now.

About SimMom From the Laerdal Website:

The Automated Delivery Module reduces cost per training session and improves assessment quality by:

  • Providing standardisation of delivery scenarios at every training session.
  • Allowing fewer instructors to be involved in each training session; only training assessment is needed, not also simulator operation.
  • Reducing the demands instructor; improving the quality of assessment, and minimising the risk of instructors becoming fatigued.

Automatic Delivery Module can be used with new and existing SimMom simulators. The Automatic Delivery Module delivers:

  • Birthing Baby in different positions
  • Normal Occiput Posterior
  • Normal Occiput Anterior
  • Breech
  • Shoulder Dystocia
  • Delivery using Instruments

SimMom is so easy to use that it allows instructors to adapt training to accommodate individual student or team learning needs at basic to advanced levels. SimMom can also be used as a hybrid trainer or full body simulator. In addition, it can be used for non-obstetric training as well as a female pregnancy simulator. Pre-programmed scenarios provide standardised training while customizable scenarios and real-time instructor controls allow scenarios to be adapted, depending on the learning objectives. Prompt and the NLN have developed a range of scenarios for the manual operation of SimMom allowing for full assessment and scoring. Training includes normal and operative vaginal deliveries of infants, vaginal delivery with shoulder dystocia encounters and breech infants. For use with the Automatic Delivery Module HealthCare Simulation in South Carolina have developed a range of scenarios.”

Learn more at Laerdal’s SimMom website!

Pronto Birthing Simulator Provides Developing Nations with Delivery Training


Yesterday At IMSH 2014, I met with Dilys Walker, MD – Executive Director of Pronto International and learned about this non profit organization’s valuable mission. PRONTO is an obstetric and neonatal emergency training program that leads inter-professional medical care teams through a series of skills stations, team-building activities, and low-tech, highly realistic simulations. Participants gain the knowledge and skills necessary for the immediate diagnosis, treatment and stabilization of obstetric emergencies in resource-limited settings through two innovative training modules.

Dilys explained to me that the organization provides affordable training birthing simulators such as the PRONTO and PRONTO Pants to developing nations to better support the health and care of mothers in labor. Pronto International aims to optimize care during birth. They develop and implement innovative training strategies for health care providers that act as a catalyst for individual, team, and system change. They accomplish their mission by:

• Providing low-cost, highly realistic obstetric and neonatal emergency simulation training for interprofessional teams in resource-limited settings around the world.
• Promoting kind, dignified, and culturally responsive care of women and babies through interactive training modules that facilitate group discussion and self-discovery.
• Assisting local teams in the diagnosis of system barriers and in identifying achievable strategies to improve patient safety and birth outcomes.
• Contributing expertise to the field of low-resource simulation and facilitated debriefing.
• Participating in implementation research to refine training modules that improve outcomes for mothers, babies and healthcare providers.

PRONTO can be used to help teams train on the following procedures:

  • Normal Birth
  • Shoulder Dystocia
  • Post-partum Hemorrhage
  • Birth of a Vigorous Infant
  • Birth of a Non-Vigorous Infant
  • Birth Complicated by Meconium
  • Neonatal Resuscitation of an Infant with Meconium
  • Infant Requiring Cardiac Compression

See the PRONTO Pants demonstrated in the clinical learning scenario below:

To donate, purchase or learn more about PRONTO International – visit http://www.prontointernational.org !


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Gaumard Noelle S575.100 Product Updates

At INACSL 2013 I interviewed Brandon Boedigheimer, Technical Support Manager/Sales Manager at Gaumard Scientific, about the latest products updates with the “.100” version of the Noelle Birthing Manikin. *EDIT: The interview has been replaced with a comprehensive product breakdown video from Gaumard:

Here are just some of the updated features of the updated S575.100 Noelle Manikin:

  • Realistic fetal palpation: Realistic amniotic sac inside palpation abdominal cover creates a natural and realistic feel when practicing palpation exercises
  • Multiple birthing positions: In addition to the feet in stirrups position, NOELLE’s fully articulating body allows for alternative birthing positions like hands and knees.
  • Epidural Procedures: Practice epidural procedures on a spinal cord insert with skin layer, subcutaneous layer, connective tissue, and lumbar vertebrae. Anatomic features include: iliac crests, lumbar vertebrae L2 – L5, ligamentum flavum and epidural space. The system has sensors that log the moment the needle has gone too far and when it has entered the correct location
  • Realistic fetal palpation: NOELLE’s new palpation module includes an amniotic sac creating a natural and realistic feel when practicing palpation exercises.
  • Pelvic landmarks: Anatomic landmarks include bilateral ischial spines, coccyx and pubic symphysis.
  • Contraction stomach: NOELLE’s new contraction abdominal cover allows palpation of real time contractions during a scenario. The cover gets firm as the contraction peaks.
  • Precision delivery system: NOELLE’s proven delivery mechanism has been refined to create an even more natural and lifelike birthing descent. NOELLE’s fetus rotates and moves down the birth canal in response to commands from a wireless tablet PC; it also dips and rises as it traverses the natural sculpted pelvic opening.
  • Practice C-Sections using real surgical instruments: Multi-layer abdominal wall with skin, subcutaneous tissue, fascia, muscle, and peritoneum for maximum realism. Abdominal inserts have simulated blood incorporated into the subcutaneous layer. Use real surgical instruments for incision, dissection, and suturing.
  • Episiotomy repair: NOELLE’s episiotomy repair inserts simulate human tissue that can be sutured repeatedly. Inserts have been redesigned for maximum realism, in both look and feel.
  • And updated neonates:


Visit the Noelle webpage at Gaumard to learn more!

Gaumard Releases New Mid-Level Noelle 554

Replacing the 565 series of Noelle Birthing Manikins, Gaumard released their new 554.100 manikin model today.

This mid-range Noelle costs less than the flagship 575 series model but still has most of the same functionality including the birthing mechanism, automated hemorrhaging, pulses and more.  Dilated pupils or other advanced eye systems are not included on this model, which also does not run wirelessly.  But the price is also significantly less as well!  Watch the video below to learn more about the features of Noelle 554.100!


Take the tour of the new Gaumard Noelle 554.100!