Obstetric simulator to improve baby deliveries


PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The birth of a baby is one of the greatest experiences a parent could ever have. But sometimes problems occur in the delivery room. 

A local hospital chain has a rather unique tool to help its staff prepare for emergencies during childbirth. As Eyewitness News Healthbeat Reporter Mark Hiller explains, Geisinger can now better train for the unexpected thanks to a lifelike robotic mom and baby.
As a third year student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Ashlyn Reiser already has experience in the delivery room. “So, I’ve taken part in some C-sections and some vaginal deliveries as well.” Some of the deliveries included difficulties. “And it’s stressful and it’s just a time where you want to think on your feet and be as prepared as possible,” she said.

Geisinger recently acquired “Victoria”: an obstetric simulator to help the hospital’s birthing team gain valuable experience. Victoria can be programmed to talk, blink and even bleed. “It’s really sometimes just seconds that we have to be able to interact and intervene if we need to,” said Geisinger OB/GYN Physician Manny Arreguin, MD who is Geisinger’s Northeast Regional Director of Women’s Services.

By having this technological tool, medical professionals can train over and over again for sudden blood loss, a spike or drop in blood pressure and other cardiac and respiratory issues that become emergencies during labor and delivery. “I think that’s what’s so crucial that in a real lifelike manner we’re able to alter and practice and prepare,” said Dr. Arreguin.

The robotic baby named Tori can also be altered from its vital signs to even its blood sugar. The hope is providing access to this high-tech training and to be able to use it frequently will help refine individual birthing skills, develop better teamwork and enhance patient safety. “I think it’s wonderful to be put in those situations so we can take a second and step back and collect our thoughts and provide the best care possible,” said Ms. Reiser.

Geisinger is using the new obstetric simulator at its various hospitals. It’s also training medical professionals in the field in the event they find themselves in an emergency delivery situation.

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