Helping improve pediatric critical care through healthcare simulation, SimBaby is a pediatric simulator representing a 9-month-old manufactured by Laerdal Medical. The goal of the medical simulation product is to assist learners in receiving advanced training in all aspects of pediatric care.
The new SimBaby is a tether-less manikin which gives learners the ability to practice recognizing and responding to critically ill pediatric patients. Laerdal designed the SimBaby as a highly realistic high-fidelity patient simulator that meets specific learning objectives focusing on initial assessment and treatment.
SimBaby is a useful educational training system healthcare providers can use to simulate team-centered, safe, highly-realistic infant care in clinical environments. Utilizing manikins like the SimBaby in simulation labs prepares learners to make critical decisions enabling for teams to practice effective communication and respond to events in real time.
Whether it be emergency, intensive care or point-of-care training (such as home care), confidence and competence can help improve patient outcomes. Furthermore, interdisciplinary team training and transport on such a realistic pediatric simulator helps to ensure that cross-functional teams avoid possible breakdowns in communication and continuity of care later in their real-life practice.
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Realistic pediatric anatomy found from patient simulators like the SimBaby also assists in ensuring that a learner has mastered the correct head tilt, chin lift and experiences appropriate chest resistance and chest rise. For these maneuvers, SimBaby provides a way for learners to truly meet their learning objectives with easy to use scenarios and without the possibility for fatal error.
Along with lifelike features, SimBaby is an especially useful for high fidelity simulation learners who are hoping to specifically practice early assessment, diagnosis and intervention. Learning how to effectively recognize and respond to respiratory emergencies, shock and cardiopulmonary arrest is essential among pediatric healthcare providers.
The utilization of SimBaby for educational use can additionally help to improve a learner or healthcare provider’s ability to respond more confidently in any given emergency situation. This is especially important because children can have a wide variety of different physiological responses to trauma compared to adults.
In providing the means for inclusive pediatric learning, SimBaby allows users to simulate a number of skills. For example, the product enables learners to assess capillary refill time, test pupillary light reflex, check bilateral pulses, measure resuscitation quality and help improve team communication skills and continuity of care at their respective practice or facility.
Additional benefits of SimBaby include that both educators and students are provided resources to assist in planning and completing learning objectives. Video enabled debriefing then provides new dimensions to student performance feedback and remediation. Student performance during scenarios can be video recorded and synchronized with SimBaby patient data logs as well.
SimBaby learning scenarios are based on the American Heart Association’s Pediatric Advanced Life Support curriculum, designed to help learners prepare for those critical situations mirroring real-life critical events before ever having to respond to an actual emergency. As a company, Laerdal also offers clinical subject matter experts and standardized delivery to help to develop scenarios tailored to a learner’s specific needs.
Benefits of SimBaby stem from a variety of features that the product offers which are aimed at improving the educational experience while integrating realistic properties. This includes the effective monitoring and improvement of CPR performance, Quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) technology that has been incorporated into SimBaby.
To demonstrate numerical results from the use of SimBaby, the technology includes the measurement of key metrics, such as correct compression depth, appropriate compression rate, full release, enough hands-on time and adequate ventilation. Then, operation and debriefing options will depend on the acquisition of additional simulation technology equipment.
For example, SimPad PLUS helps nursing simulation learners achieve objectives with greater ease due to an intuitive touchscreen interface, mobile design, easy-to-operate scenarios and integrated data log. Alternatively, LLEAP software unifies the control of all PC operated Laerdal simulators and helps learners to conduct simulation training and develop new scenarios. Learners can also pair with ShockLink to enable the use of a compatible live defibrillator with training pads.
Laederal has also expanded training opportunities based on a learner’s training needs through capture, share and debrief training sessions (using synchronized audio, video and simulation information). The realistic nature along with training modules is all done to increase the training experience.
That being said, SimBaby comes with interchangeable eyes with normal, constricted and blown (dilated) pupils, torso motion and vocal sounds (crying, content, coughing, and hiccup). The fontanel can also be adjusted to present as either normal for bulging.
Furthermore, SimBaby’s realistic features can also be broken down by a number of categories including: airway, Simulated Patient Monitor, pulmonary system, cardiovascular system, vascular access, software features and other features. Airway options include: an airway opening acquired by head tilt, chin lift and jaw thrust, oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal airways, bag-valve-mask ventilation, orotracheal and nasotracheal intubation, sellick maneuver, LMA insertion, endotracheal tube insertion, fiberoptic intubation, gastric tube insertion, variable lung compliance, variable airway resistance, tongue edema, laryngospasm, pharyngeal swelling. decreased lung compliance, right mainstem intubation and gastric distention.
SimBaby’s simulated patient monitors offer a highly configurable patient monitor, touch screen operation and a multi-level alarm. The product’s multimedia capability extends to radiology files, media files and lab results. SimBaby can also simulate several parameters including: ECG, SpO2, CO2, ABP, CVP, PAP, NIBP, TOF and others.
The product’s pulmonary system offers spontaneous breathing with variable rates, depths and regularities. There is also the ability to experience bilateral and unilateral chest rises and falls, normal and abnormal breath sounds (bilateral) and other lung sounds (like coarse crackles, fine crackles, stridor, wheezes and rhonchi).
Then, the cardiovascular system offers an extensive ECG library with rate from 20 to 360 CPR compressions generate palpable pulses, blood pressure waveform and generate artifacts on ECG. The cardiovascular system of SimBaby will produce heart Sounds ranging from normal to systolic murmur, holosystolic murmur, diastolic murmur, continuous murmur and gallop. A learn is also able to detect blood pressure and pulse, as well as a display of cardiac rhythms.
Vascular access is another important feature, shedding light on venous access, insertion legs, infusion and simulated blood flashbacks. Matched with many software features, including manual controls, web-camera recording, event log review and pre-programmed scenarios make learning through the use of SimBaby an increasingly accurate learning tool. Visit Laerdal’s SimBaby Webpage for more information.
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