SIMCharacters

SIMCharacters is a patient training, safety and consulting company that was founded in 2012 in Vienna, Austria by Dr. Jens-Christian Schwindt — a leading expert in neonatology and healthcare simulation education. Since the company was founded, SIMCharacters has broken new ground in the development of small patient simulators, and combines know-how in medicine, lifelike anatomy and high-class animation technology. The goal of SIMCharacters is to improve the quality of care of critically ill children, especially term and preterm infants.

When teaching healthcare professionals and learners about preterm care, Schwindt was deeply concerned by the limited pathologies and unrealistic anatomy offered by modern day preterm simulators. Determined to improve the outcomes of more than 15 million preterm births a year, he established SIMCharacter’s flagship product, the world’s first high emotion preterm simulator, Paul, as a way to innovate beyond current limitations. The development was also intended to improve the realism and learning outcomes of NICU and PICU training programs, the vision behind Paul is to transform that standards beyond high-fidelity simulators and into high-emotion simulators.

In the past, realistic technology simulating the small body of a 27-week-old infant, such as Paul, had not been available. Yet today, professionals can use the Paul learning tool to gain experience performing life-saving procedures during delicate critical care emergencies. According to Schwindt, this is why clinical simulation is quickly becoming a modern way to educate and train healthcare professionals, allowing for the safe high-stakes practice of behavioral, cognitive and technical skills.


Sponsored Content:


According to the SIMCharacters’ website, providing high-quality care for a preterm baby is a uniquely complex and time-sensitive process, which can be extremely challenging for inter-professional neonatal healthcare teams. Although preterm birth remains the most common cause of death among infants, the company notes that preemies weighing only 500 to 1,000 grams can survive as healthy babies when cared for by highly-trained healthcare professionals.

With this in mind, and along with design support from leading experts in healthcare, education, electrical manufacturing, animatronics and special effects, SIMCharacters created Paul. This highly-realistic preemie infant represents a 27 week born neonate with anatomically correct airway, weighing merely 1000 grams, measuring only 35 centimeters long and providing lifelike movement for an infant of such a young age. The manikin is designed to empower neonatology teams with high-fidelity simulation experiences, improve learning, patient safety and clinical care outcomes.

“Our mission at SIMCharacters is to improve the quality of care for critically ill preterm and newborn babies by advancing the realism and effectiveness of training simulators,” Schwindt said.

With healthcare personnel, families and programs caring tirelessly for preterm newborns, the SIMCharacters team knows that creating high-emotion simulation requires understanding and empathy. Employed across the globe, SIMCharacters and the Paul simulator are taking the next step in the future of medical simulation. To demonstrate these steps, SIMCharacters attends conferences each year, including those hosted by SimGHOSTS and the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSiH).


Sponsored Content:


Paul Simulator Features

The Paul simulator has a high-realistic internal and external anatomy, including a 3D printed larynx based on real-life preterm MRI scans. Additionally, 3D printing is used to create the upper airway, ideal for intubation training and all modern preterm stabilization strategies like LIS (MIST) and INSURE. Other features include highly realistic internal and external anatomical structures and convincingly lifelike clinical practice features. Adding to the realistic nature, the medical simulation manikin is produced using real hair.

The healthcare simulation manikin also comes equipped with authentic pathologies specific to preterm babies with physiological and pathological breathing patterns, necrotizing enterocolitis, cyanosis and hyperoxia. Preprogrammed symptom complexes that able to be explored through Paul are respiratory distress syndrome, biparietal diameter, necrotizing enterocolitis, abdominal distension, pneumothorax and apnea. Users can further track spontaneous breathing with a respiratory rate variable between 0 and 100 bpm and infinitely variable lung compliance.

Paul also features variou sensors to detect ventilation, intubation depth, oesophageal intubation, chest compressions and other measures. As for pulses, chest compressions and pure heart, lung and abdominal sounds, learners can use Paul to take a palpable pulse on all four extremities and on the umbilical cord. They can practice thorax compressions, insertion of peripheral catheters in all four extremities (exchangeable), insertion of umbilical venous catheters (exchangeable umbilical cord) and simulation stethoscope for position-dependent auscultation of heart, lung and bowel sounds — without disturbing technical noises.

With one touch controls, users can easily review real-time display of all preterm simulator conditions including: chest compressions, tube depth, UVC position and motion artifacts. Data collected from learner interactions with Paul, such as intubation, UVC insertion, and chest compressions, combine with a custom annotations and are automatically recorded into Paul’s debriefing log. If a simulation program also owns a SIMStation debriefing system, all of Paul’s log files can be immediately transferred to a debrief room and become ready for review.

Learners can regularly bring simulation in-situ with completely wireless control systems that are easy to transport and setup. Then, with real patient monitors, users can instantly change layout screen to a preferred manufacturer. They are able to change certain monitor parameters, like parameter display, curve position and color code, as well.

Click Here to Connect to Leading Healthcare Simulation Vendors Like SIMCharacters

Programming scenarios for Paul do not require a separate application or complicated training. Instead, users simply create and quicksave their desired patient state. They can easily chain quicksaves together with time modifiers to create new scenarios in under five minutes.

Setting up of the Paul system takes just a few minutes, as the system connects completely wirelessly. Paul works over Wi-Fi between the included simulator, control tablet and patient monitor. Learners can continuously use Paul while he rests on top of the charging station concealed below the sheet, or pick up and hold Paul for an hour and a half of possible battery use.

When purchased, users can choose between SIMCharacters’ two or five year warranty extension and care program. This extends a one year standard warranty to two years or five years with a system guarantee on all parts and labor. Two year plans include one preventive maintenance return of the Paul systems for complete refurbishment.

A five year plan includes two such returns. Repairs can be completed at the SIMCharacters facilities, with all shipping and handling costs covered. Ready-to-use replacement systems are available to be shipped to an institution if their system malfunctions for any reason, or if a product is required during refurbishment period. The company also offers free software updates and regularly shows its premature infant simulator products at healthcare simulation conferences such as SESAM every year.

SIMCharacters Latest News

10 medical simulation companies to know

10 More Healthcare Simulation Companies You Must Know About

Continuing our series of dedicated articles covering leading healthcare simulation companies from around the world (such as our recent article 14 Important Medical Simulation Companies to Know), here are 10 ...
Read More
Preterm Infant Simulator Paul Creates Realistic Neonatal Training for UF Health

Preterm Infant Simulator Paul Creates Realistic Neonatal Training for UF Health

Paul, the premature infant simulator from SIMCharacters, is creating realistic training for UF Health staff. Overwhelmingly praised by neonatologists and NICU nurses for his highly realistic anatomy and convincingly lifelike ...
Read More
TEDx Schwindt Medical Simulation

TEDx Talk By SIMCharacters Founder Dr. Jens Schwindt Asks “How Safe is Medicine?”

Modern medicine is amazing but has become extremely complex. So complex, that healthcare professionals face situations they are not always able to deal with. So what does it take to ...
Read More
high fidelity preterm simulator

SIMCharacters Launches New Campaign to Showcase Paul, World's First High Emotion Preterm Simulator

*Update: The Facebook video announcing Paul went viral with over 4,000,000 views in the first week! #WelcomePaul, the World's First High Emotion Preterm Simulator -- developed by SIMCHaracters and their ...
Read More
world prematurity day

SimCharacters Celebrates #WorldPrematurityDay With Launch of Paul, The World's First High Emotion Simulator

Today in Lubeck Germany, a team from NICU healthcare professionals and SimCharacters celebrated World Prematurity Day with the "birth" of Paul - The First High Emotion Preterm Simulator! This highly realistic ...
Read More
preterm simulator

Lance Baily To Support the Launch of New Preterm Simulator from SimCharacters

Sim Champs it must be clear by now that as the Founder of HealthySimulation, SimGHOSTS and other simulation-based resources that I have a passion for the technological innovation of the healthcare simulation ...
Read More

Sponsored Content: