Ken Forinash of Laerdal Medical instructs Karla Herrington as she tends to a newborn “SimBaby” delivered in a simulated high-risk situation.
SimMom makes debut at St. Anthony's
Pregnancy-related deaths will claim 15 of every 100,000 women who give birth in the United States, according to federal statistics. That’s more than double the all-time low of 7.2 deaths per 100,000 births reported in 1987. Similarly, the rate of severe complications during and after delivery has doubled in the last decade.
To battle those numbers, educators at St. Anthony’s have taken a proactive approach to training their Labor and Delivery nurses for high-risk deliveries, and preparing their staff for real-life emergency situations. Laerdal Medical’s SimMom, an advanced, full-body, interactive birthing simulator, joined the Education department recently through a $50,000 donation from the Dana Brown Charitable Trust to St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation. The medical center is one of only a few in the region to have SimMom.
“SimMom has a small, newborn-sized baby that she delivers, creating a very realistic event,” said Shelly O’Malley Robinson, staff development educator and coordinator of the Nurse Residency Program. “We can talk about these procedures in a classroom, collaborate on care and have nurses take a written test. But when you perform the procedure, replicating reality, it becomes hardwired. That’s when learning truly occurs.”
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