Gaumard Unveils New Higher Fidelity Eyes for Victoria

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Gaumard is following a new industry trend to increase the fidelity of patient simulator eyes with the new Interactive Eye Movement and Tracking Features for their Victoria S2200 product. Watch the video below to see them in action!


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Gaumard shares that “Victoria’s new eye movement and automatic tracking features can illustrate signs of stress, stroke, head trauma, drug use, nerve impairment, and many other diseases and conditions.”

New Eye Features:

  • Accommodation test: automatic horizontal tracking and manual vertical tracking
  • Strabismus: exotropia, esotropia, and crossed-eyes
  • Nystagmus: eyeball twitching
  • Blepharospasm: eyelid twitching
  • Ptosis: eyelid droop
  • Realistic idle eye movement
  • Independent pupillary light reflex
  • Mydriasis: blown pupil
  • Anisocoria: unequal pupil sizes
  • Programmable blinking rate
  • Consensual pupillary light reflex
  • Real-time eye movement control via software joystick

Learn more at Gaumard’s Victoria page!


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CREST Provides Cultural Respect Simulation Training

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The Universtiy of Melbourne and Victoria University have partnered to provide Cultural Respect Encompassing Simulation Training, or CREST for short. If this interests you then HURRY — The next program starts NEXT week!!

Cultural Respect Encompassing Simulation Training (CREST) is a collaborative program between the University of Melbourne (UoM) and Victoria University (VU). It was funded over the last 4 years (2012-2015) by Health Workforce Australia and the Department of Health and Human Services. UoM and VU now run it as a self-funded project.

CREST comprises five modules designed to deliver training relating to cultural sensitivity in communication to health professional practitioners and students using simulation pedagogy. The five CREST modules are:

1. Introduction to cultural diversity: This module explores the interaction between culture and health, and the influence culture has on the identity and health beliefs of both patients and health care providers.

2. Negotiating between different health beliefs: This module explores how culture, religion and life experiences influence an individual’s health belief system, understanding of health and disease causation, and health seeking behaviours. It also facilitates the development of effective and culturally sensitive communication and negotiation skills.

3. Effective communication when English proficiency is low: This module explains the principles of effective communication with linguistically diverse patients and identifies strategies for working effectively with an interpreter. Participants will practice communicating with clients with low English proficiency and working with an interpreter.

4. Communicating culturally sensitive issues: This module explores some of the culturally sensitive factors that may affect the identity and health of culturally diverse patients, including those that contribute to health inequalities. Participants will gain an understanding of how some cultural and religious beliefs strongly shape relationships and daily life practices, and potentially affect engagement with healthcare systems.

5. Communication and Indigenous healthcare: This module explores the diversity and uniqueness of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultures, and highlights the importance of demonstrating cultural respect in enhancing a patients desire and ability to seek health care.

Learn more on the CREST webpage today!

 

Gaumard Births Newborn “Tory” Simulator at IMSH 2015

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Stopping by the impressive Gaumard Booth at #IMSH2015, I had a chance to finally check out their Victoria Birthing Simulator and new Advanced Newborn Simulator: Tory. The Victoria is a “generation 2.0” of Gaumard’s famous line of Noelle Birthing Simulators, with realism upgrades that are easy to see. There are great improvements here that take the Gaumard birthing simulator to the next level.

Victoria’s engineering has redesigned the abdomen to provide for increased fidelity based off your scenario’s primary learning objectives. What this does is enable us to increase the realism of our scenarios by swapping out specific abdomen hardware specific to procedures such as normal childbirth, postpartum hemorrhage, c-section and more. There were lots of other new improvements including new CPR functionality, airway features, improved operating software, and quieter engineering.

Immediately clear to me was the improved range of limb motion on Victoria and Tory, with joints that now have seamless skin coverings, instead of the previous limited motion joints that looked very “manikin”. See these photos below for close ups of leg and arm joints:

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victoria birthing simulator up close

When you look at Tory side by side with his predecessor Baby Hal, it’s easy to see the increased level of realism due to the new engineering and skin:

gaumard tory vs hal

Victoria supports the widest range of medical diagnostic equipment of any tetherless maternal and neonatal simulator. Use a real fetal monitor, ECG monitor, defibrillator, pulse oximeter and automatic blood pressure monitor device. Care providers can set-up and operate real equipment, interpret critical information and follow protocols just as they would in real clinical situations.

The birthing baby of Victoria also added some great core functionality including the ability to program: crying sound, motion, cyanosis, heart and lung sounds.

Birthing Baby (Not Tory)

  • Full-term baby with unsurpassed realism and lifelike appearance
  • Anatomically correct with realistic proportions, size and weight
  • Innovative realistic skin
  • Realistic newborn articulation
  • “Care-in-Motion” tetherless technology
  • Baby can present the following signs of health or distress: – Heart and lung sounds – Movement – Crying – Cyanosis

If you are planning on doing a more advanced newborn scenario, then switching the baby to the Tory makes the most sense. The Tory is the updated version of the Baby Hal and also has clear improvements. Features of Tory includes:

  • Smooth full body skin with seamless joints
  • Palpable fontanelles
  • Human-like range of motion on legs, arms and waist
  • Bilateral IV arms and purlses
  • ECG monitoring using real electrodes
  • Urinary catherterization with interchangeable genitalia
  • Intraosseous access
  • Left IV leg
  • Heart and lung sounds
  • Ventilations / Compressions
  • Bilaterial blood pressure arms
  • Seizures & movement

I have heard that Victoria has continued to be successfully launched around the United States, and would love to hear your feedback of great new product over on Konsiderate.com – the home for medical simulation product ratings and reviews!

Learn more about Victoria on her Gaumard homepage (Tory Page coming soon).


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

noelle birthing simulator

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!

Victoria: Gaumard’s New Noelle S2200

birthing manikin victoria

Gaumard’s new Noelle S2200 is nicknamed “Victoria” and she is definitely a complete revision of the birthing simulator. Physically the molding of Victoria looks very realistic, with curvatures that more closely match the physique of pregnancy. Somewhat quietly unveiled at IMSH 2014, Victoria is now ready for the spotlight, Gaumard announced today that she will be making a big entrance at the AWHONN and INACSL shows this June in Orlando, Florida.

Delivery

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. Victoria now introduces our newest advances in tetherless technology. Her internal rechargeable battery and energy efcient technology allow for untethered and uninterrupted simulations that can last upwards of 8 hours. No other maternal and neonatal simulator comes close to providing this level of freedom.

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Real Monitoring

Victoria supports the widest range of medical diagnostic equipment of any tetherless maternal and neonatal simulator. Use a real fetal monitor, ECG monitor, defibrillator, pulse oximeter and automatic blood pressure monitor device. Care providers can set-up and operate real equipment, interpret critical information and follow protocols just as they would in real clinical situations. Victoria’s abdomen realistically relaxes and firms with every contraction. This human-like behavior allows providers to palpate contractions during assessment. Attach a real fetal monitor directly to the abdomen to track the fetal heart rate and contraction frequency, intensity and duration.

With Victoria you can provide learning through:

  • Normal Deliveries
  • Brrech Deliveries
  • C-Section Deliveries
  • Assisted Deliveries
  • Should Dystocias
  • McRoberts, suprapubic pressure, rotation of the fetal shoulder, posterior arm sweep and Gaskin

Download Victoria’s full brochure here and visit Victoria’s homepage on Gaumard.com!


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