In the United States almost one quarter of pregnancy-related deaths are caused by infection, sepsis or hemorrhage that develop during the delivery process.
All three of these causes are preventable and could be avoided by increasing the quality of training that OB-GYN practitioners receive during their education years and beyond. A number of peri-delivery issues can develop that will not necessarily end in maternal death, but which could increase injury and post-delivery complications. How can obstetrics students and practitioners best prepare for deliveries such as breech, shoulder dystocia or compound presentations? Training while working with real patients can be impractical and dangerous especially for high risk/low frequency events. If adhering to the old practice of ‘see one, do one’ it may take years to experience learning opportunities of rarer conditions and less well-known procedures. The use of realistic lifelike simulators is the most authentic way to ensure that ‘practice makes perfect’ produces highly skilled and competent healthcare professionals. Every participant can feel confident in a vast number of patient scenarios before ever experiencing a real-life emergency in the delivery room.
The importance of Simulation in Obstetrics
The use of healthcare simulators in labor and delivery education supports the teaching of safer interventions that help decrease birth related complications. They also help to increase the general quality of care by raising effectiveness and efficiency. Simulation training gives students and healthcare professionals the opportunity to learn and refresh decision-making skills that can be hard to acquire in a setting with live patients. While using a simulator, participants can make independent decisions and put them to the test without the risk of patient injury. Additional important benefits, that are too often overlooked, are the development of effective team-working skills. The ability to multitask and communicate clearly when dealing with emergency deliveries is vital when every second counts.
How RealMom 2.0 birthing simulator can help
“RealMom is as close to a real patient as it gets compared to all the other simulators that we’ve had a chance to use.”
Dr. Owen Montgomery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Drexel University College of Medicine
RealMom 2.0 is the world’s most lifelike birthing simulator and is the only birthing simulator to feature an all-natural active birth canal, accurate internal anatomy and landmarks, and on-the-fly cervix dilation and fetal station. A silicon-based, soft tissue mother and baby offer a lifelike ‘touch and feel’ experience and an advanced internal skeletal structure enables incredible movement and flexibility. RealMom 2.0 is the only birthing simulator available that can be used in upright, side-lying and other alternative delivery positions.
An instructor tablet allows for control of maternal and fetal heart rate, heart tones and blood pressure among other physiological presentations and the naturally designed birth canal allows learners to perform a full range of deliveries including natural, breech, shoulder dystocia, cord prolapse, forceps and vacuum-assist. The simulator features a full-term baby, uterus, placenta and umbilical cord, realistic blood and fluids, and is available in a range of skin tone options including, African-American, Asian and Caucasian.
RealMom 2.0 is a highly realistic medical education simulator designed specifically to offer an instructive, varied and flexible training program based on clinical experience to educational institutions, whilst respecting their fiscal budgets. OEI is dedicated to helping prepare obstetrics practitioners for all eventualities in their professional careers with technologically enhanced simulators that cater for lifelike, real-world situations.
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