Obstetrical Simulator Gives Learners a Reality Check

Product comes with a variety of accessories, including disposable umbilical cords, clamps, spare vulva, a powder for simulated blood and modular pregnant belly overlay


Janet Simdon, obstetrical clinical coordinator at Fort HealthCare in Fort Atkinson, WI, says that she values the importance of standard practice in healthcare, and the use of simulation as a teaching tool helps achieve that. Simulaids’ 180 Obstetrical Simulator “encourages critical thinking in the learner as well as takes the learner into real situations readily,” she says.

This product is anatomically correct, and includes a pelvic model with full-term newborn and placenta, which gives professionals practice in multiple techniques and also the opportunity to learn emergency childbirth.

Simdon says, “In an era of patient satisfaction being of great importance, the obstetrical simulator provides the learner practice prior to real situations. This gives both the student and patient improved confidence for better experience and outcomes.”

Simulaids explains the lifelike pelvic cavity on this simulator has pelvic landmarks, including spinal column, angled birth canal, ileum, ischium, sacrum, sacrospinious ligaments and a greater sciatic notch.

The product also comes with a variety of accessories, including disposable umbilical cords, clamps, spare vulva, a powder for simulated blood, modular pregnant belly overlay and clear abdominal overlay.

Through her active involvement in healthcare education over the past 30 years, Simdon says she has seen a change in those who use simulation for learning. The staff and management at Fort HealthCare have had a positive response to the implementation of simulation-based education.

An important role, she stresses, is for “continued expertise in the high-risk, but low-volume situations in many community hospitals.”

Simulaids’ 180 Obstetrical Simulator offers Fort HealthCare staff the ability to do just that, and the overlay even has a self-contained fetus for practicing Leopold’s maneuver.

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