Realistic birthing mannequin helps train future doctors

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A high-tech new mannequin is taking center stage on one university campus here in the Valley. It's a device that's training a new generation of doctors to deliver babies.

Meet Victoria. The University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix is the only site in the Southwest receiving the “Victoria” birthing simulator.

"This is a mannequin that does everything from a normal vaginal delivery, to coding, to having a seizure," says says Dr. Maria Manriquez. "It lets us train the student in a controlled environment so that when they are a participant in an actual delivery or during their residency, they had an opportunity to practice some very scary episodes but ones that happened in a controlled environment."

The mannequin has a patented, precision delivery and birthing mechanism that births a life-like, full-term baby with sophisticated monitoring capabilities.

Victoria speaks and blinks. Doctors can take her blood pressure, give her an epidural, change her position, measure the belly and turn the baby around.

The simulator is produced by Gaumard Scientific Company of Miami. Gaumard's complete Victoria system includes comprehensive clinical scenarios, including shoulder dystocia and postpartum hemorrhage.

With articulating endoskeletons and smooth realistic-feeling skin, Victoria is the most realistic, fully wireless and wireless maternal/fetal simulator for use in training.

“She looks absolutely real and her baby looks absolutely real,” said Gaumard Scientific's executive vice president, John Eggert. “The students have no idea what's going to happen next.”

Also included is a full-size active “baby” that moves, cries and changes color in response to a lack of oxygen.

The wireless design is the true definition of a completely wireless patient simulator. All of Victoria's components are housed within the simulator itself, operating quietly and continuously without the need for any external connections.

Her internal rechargeable battery and energy-efficient technology allows for uninterrupted simulations that can last upwards of 8 hours.

Gaumard creates simulators for military emergency medical services, major teaching hospitals and nursing schools.

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