Laerdal’s SimMom Receives Non-Gravid Abdominal Skin Product Update

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Laerdal is now proud to be able to offer the SimMom Flat Abdominal skin as thier newest product enhancement for SimMom. With the new non-gravid flat abdominal skin, SimMom is not only an obstetrical simulator but can be used as an advanced female patient simulator to address women’s health issues and assessment skills during training. These improvements increase the overall flexibility of the Sim Mom simulator.

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What are the latest enhancements to SimMom?

  • Ultrasound Solution for SimMom: An optional Ultrasound Solution has been embedded to gravid and flat abdomen skins to help improve point-of-care diagnostics training, and visually determine the health of the fetus and mother, during the progression of birth.
  • Automatic Delivery Module: An optional Automatic Delivery Module has been added to the existing birthing and post-partum module range.
  • Wireless Connectivity: An instructor can freely walk around the room whilst they assess and control a training session using a wireless connection from their operator PC and the SimMom Link Box.
  • Non-Gravid Abdominal Skin: SimMom can now be fitted with a non-gravid abdominal skin to expand the scope of your simulation training. Early stage pregnancy cases can now be simulated as well as expanding the use of SimMom into a non-pregnant female patient simulator

This system is now available as an upgrade or additional add-on.

Learn more about the new Non-Gravid Abdominal Skin here and Laerdal’s SimMom here!

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Teaching Patient Handoffs to Medical Students in OB/GYN: Simulation Curriculum and Assessment Tool

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MedEdPortal, a division of AAMC, just released this healthcare simulation curriculum and assessment tool for those teaching patient handoffs to medical students in OB/GYN. You must be a subscriber to the website to get the full toolkit.


Patient handoffs, the communications required for the safe transfer of patient care, are known to be a common source of medical errors. Simulation exercises are effective techniques for teaching the procedures and patient interaction skills involved in a handoff. We developed a teaching tool that allows students to individually interact with a simulated patient, develop a treatment plan, and practice a handoff to another provider. The curriculum is a flexible instructional tool to teach patient handoffs in the context of a simulated obstetric emergency for learners at the clerkship through first-year obstetrics and gynecology resident levels. The curriculum secondarily teaches management of first-trimester bleeding with acute blood loss and can be adapted to allow advanced learners to practice obtaining informed consent.

To evaluate this simulation for educational effectiveness, we developed a faculty observation assessment tool. The simulation assessments for history taking, fund of knowledge, and interpersonal skills were predictive of subsequent clerkship clinical grades. Eighty percent of students agreed the exercise was realistic, 95% agreed it was relevant to the clinical curriculum, 90% agreed the simulation taught handoff skills, and 73% agreed the simulation increased confidence in handoff skills. Students uniformly found the curriculum to be relevant, realistic, and effective at teaching handoff skills. Use of this curriculum has the potential to improve students’ communication skills, handoff performance, and confidence during an obstetrics and gynecology clerkship. The assessment tool may allow early identification of students in need of improvement in communication skills.

Read the full article and get the toolset here on MedEdPortal!

TEDx Talk: Simulation Necessary To Prepare for Birthing Emergencies

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Is it ever okay for an inexperienced doctor to “practice” on you during a life-threatening emergency? Colonel Shad Deering is a high risk pregnancy doctor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Uniformed Services University. He has delivered babies in 10 different states and a combat zone, been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, and created an obstetric emergency simulation program now in place throughout the world that focuses on saving mothers and babies. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Learn more about Colonel Deering and his program
at the Uniformed Services University

Sponsored Advertisement: Article Shares How “Simulation Builds Skills” in OB/GYN & Surgery

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Today a recent article from two Doctors on covering the fact that Simulation Builds Skills in Contemporary OB/Gyn & Surgery departments from Dr. Levine, clinical fellow, and Dr. Goldschlag, Assistant Professor of Clinical Reproductive Medicine, both from the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Excerpt from the Article:

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued the report To Err Is Human. In it, the IOM’s Committee on Quality of Health Care in America stated that not only did preventable medical errors cause more deaths than such feared threats as motor-vehicle accidents, breast cancer, and AIDS, but also that errors with serious consequences were most likely to occur in intensive care units, emergency departments, and operating rooms. Although some operating room-associated complications can be attributed to wrong-site surgeries and equipment malfunctions, countless patients are harmed because of physician skill deficiencies.

It is sad but true that many ob/gyn residents are still trained using a Halstedian approach that can be boiled down to the infamous “See one, do one, teach one.” Contrary to this philosophy of surgical education, surgery is not something that is  best taught by seeing, or best mastered by attempting on live subjects. There is an unavoidable practical element to effective surgical education, but no patient wants to be the “one” for a resident attempting to master a surgical procedure, especially in a fast-paced, high-stress clinical learning environment.

Even though surgery is a key part of ob/gyn training, a survey of residency programs found that only 74% formally evaluate surgical skills, with the majority reporting subjective faculty evaluations as the primary method of assessing skill proficiency. This occurs despite the availability of thoroughly vetted measures such as the objective structured assessment of technical skills (OSATS), the observational clinical human reliability assessment (OCHRA), and the operative performance rating system (OPRS).

One question that remains is how to procure simulator training experience in the current environment. As the AAMC survey revealed, many hospitals and medical schools have simulation core facilities. Scheduling training time may be as simple as calling the administrator of education in your ob/gyn department. For clinicians in community or private practices who do not have access to academic centers, national and district meetings such as those of ACOG and AAGL offer wonderful training sessions that are taught by our nation’s leading teachers using realistic simulators. Many surgical instrument sales representatives have access to simulation facilities. Simulation is an important part of surgical training and maintenance of skills and for those who want the training, the resources are available.

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iSimulate CTGi System Enables Real Time Obstetric Simulations | IMSH 2015 Video Interview

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At IMSH 2015 we interviewed the team from iSimulate regarding their upgraded CTGi software which enables us to better train for OB/GYN scenarios. The “drag and drop” touch software of iSimulate is incredible — making scenario editing on the fly as easy as a single touch. Watch our video interview below to see more:

About iSimulate’s CTGi:

CTGi provides an economical, highly advanced and realistic fetal heart rate monitor simulation package. Using just two iPads, the lightness and simplicity of CTGi makes it ideal for in-situ training. CTGi gives facilitators a great tool for training and students an incredibly realistic platform to learn from. CTGi offers obstetric simulation as you’ve never seen it before, built off technology you use every day.

CTGi Features:

  • World’s first tablet based, real time cardiotocography simulation technology
  • Powered by iSimulate’s realistic, intricate and powerful ActiveWave technology
  • Create and run realistic simulations quickly and easily
  • Review, annotate and teach
  • Name, save and replay scenarios and traces for teaching
  • Ultra-intuitive and feature driven
  • Turn your low fidelity situation into a high fidelity simulation
  • Use CTGi to create hours of traces

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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!

Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator From CAE Healthcare at IMSH 2014 – Video Interview Part 1


CAE Healthcare unveiled Fidelis, their state-of-the-art maternal fetal simulator at IMSH 2014 where HealthySim was on hand to learn all about it! In part 1 of this video interview with Pam Azevedo, CAE Healthcare Product Manager, we explore the key connection between CAE Healthcare simulation divisions and parent company CAE Aviation divisions – including expanded engineering opportunities. This has lead to a complete overhaul of the engineering design of manikin features, with CAE Healthcare’s first high-fidelity birthing simulator being Fidelis. Watch part-1 of my video interview below to learn more:

Our discussion continued to touch on why CAE Healthcare’s first high-fidelity manikin release since the METI acquisition was a maternal simulator. We then discussed the release date of Summer 2014, an examination of the realistic skin of Fidelis, her impressive limb articulation for increased fidelity, and what learning procedures healthcare educators can teach with the manikin:

  • A normal delivery
  • An instrumental vaginal delivery
  • Cesarean section
  • Breech delivery
  • Fetal central nervous system depression by narcotics given to the mother
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Major post-partum hemorrhage due to uterine atony
  • Maternal cardio-respiratory arrest
  • Eclampsia
  • Umbilical cord prolapse

In part-2, my interview continues with a discussion with a CAE Healthcare engineering representative Devin Johns, Group Leader of Technology, and multiple demonstrations of the manikin in action. Below is the press release announcement of the launch of Fidelis at IMSH 2014 from CAE Healthcare.

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CAE Healthcare unveils CAE Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator at world’s largest healthcare simulation conference

San Francisco, California, U.S.A., January 24, 2014 –– CAE Healthcare announced today that it will unveil the CAE Fidelis™ Maternal Fetal Simulator at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), the world’s largest annual conference dedicated to healthcare simulation. Based on widely accepted and validated models of maternal-fetal physiology, the childbirth simulator will offer human-like vital signs and responses for practice of obstetrical emergencies and labor and delivery scenarios.

“We developed the CAE Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator to provide the most realistic and versatile childbirth simulator on the market today, one that can help healthcare instructors improve training and patient outcomes,” said Michael Bernstein, President of CAE Healthcare. “The healthcare market is seeking advanced tools for inter-professional training that can prepare teams to respond to emergencies requiring rapid response, technical skills, teamwork and communication. This simulator is built on a revolutionary hardware and software platform that will be stable and reliable through thousands of childbirth simulations.” 

The CAE Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator is a medical robot with pupils that dilate or constrict, measurable vital signs, a blood reservoir to simulate post-partum hemorrhage, and a birthing process that delivers a fetus through the birthing canal. The mother has palpable soft skin that simulates uterine contractions as well as leg and hip articulation for practice of childbirth positioning and maneuvers. The fetal vital signs, which are integrated with the mother’s, respond to labor and delivery treatments and maneuvers, and produce APGAR scores at one minute and five minutes after birth. The simulator detects and records birth positioning and treatments for post-simulation review.

Developed by CAE Healthcare in partnership with leading maternal-fetal clinical educators in the United States and biomedical engineers at Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica (INEB) at the University of Porto in Portugal, the CAE Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator has drawn significant interest among medical schools across all disciplines. 

According to Dr. Diogo Ayres de Campos, a perinatal obstetrician and professor of Medicine at the University of Porto, who is also a lead developer of the simulator’s physiological models, the simulator will allow practice of rare or acute scenarios in which it is difficult for clinicians or teams to gain experience. “There have been enormous improvements in perinatal care affecting both maternal and perinatal mortality over the last 100 years. But to achieve further reductions in these indicators, one needs to address the very rare complications, not only in terms of diagnosis but also in anticipation and appropriate treatment. Simulation is the only way of achieving and maintaining competence in the management of such rare situations,” said Dr. Ayres de Campos.

Complications of childbirth range from breech presentation to fetal distress, and they can impact long-term health of both mother and baby. A U.S. recent government study reported a 75 percent increase in serious maternal complications, such as heart attack or stroke during or after childbirth, in the United States between 1998 and 2009. ( The Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator is designed to allow healthcare teams to practice both normal deliveries and rare emergencies and complications.

About CAE Healthcare

CAE Healthcare offers cutting-edge learning tools to healthcare students and professionals, allowing them to develop practical experience through risk-free simulation training before treating real patients. CAE Healthcare’s full spectrum of simulation solutions includes surgical and imaging simulation, curriculum, the LearningSpace audiovisual and center management platform and highly realistic adult, pediatric and baby patient simulators. Today, approximately 8,000 CAE Healthcare simulators are in use worldwide by medical schools, nursing schools, hospitals, defense forces and other entities.

To learn more about the CAE Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator, visit