Pregnant Robot Trains Students



okay now let me do a quick exam okay okay Noel you're fully dilated so when you feel a contraction you can go ahead and push doing great Noel bringing the head down nicely it's not every day you get to see a baby being born especially if it's a robot baby a lot of pressure babies almost out it's a baby girl Wow is it lifelike birthday and simulation tool being used to train medical students around the country and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore just got theirs I definitely think it's gonna be a great aid for students it's definitely something that I would have wished that I would have had earlier in my training I think because generally when we teach especially in teaching medical students and residents when you don't have kind of a full simulated model it's very very hard to be able to teach maneuvers I mean this is very realistic obviously everything is as it would be the patient the way that she's positioned on the table the size of everything she really can practice maneuvers not only for you know uncomplicated things but complications as well Davida zaza is one of the brains behind Noelle she's been under construction for two years and is now being used in real world settings like this one which is aza along with the Hopkins team says is necessary because it's better to learn and to make mistakes on a robot instead of a real person we can use her from medical education we can use her for residency education we can use her for new nurses they come on the team but most importantly we can use her as a mechanism to study the team as they work together during a birth process and especially during a high-risk situation and we can observe communication amongst the team members and then we can videotape that and play it back and say well what did we do well what could we do what we learn from this situation just like a real patient in that we hooked up to a fetal monitor so we can monitor what the baby's doing and we have hooked up to an IV so we can monitor that we can actually draw blood from her umbilical cord is there placenta is there the umbilical cord can get wrapped around the baby's body part during this scenario the baby had shoulder dysplasia but there can be other complications such as long labor times or having a breech baby but there are still some aspects that keeps Noelle from responding like a real mother in labor no the mother doesn't talk so we usually have a lot of fun with that we usually appoint somebody on the team to be the mother and they can be as creative as they want to be as far as the actual for the mothers part and just like there can be complications during the delivery process there can also be some challenges in recreating a realistic delivery then getting into the terminology of a specific thing it's a little bit complicated what you have to learn and like pretty much a new language because the terminology is very specific for OBGYN so you gotta read books and talk to the doctors and every time it's a learning learning curve this just keeps going up and up and up according to the American Pregnancy Association eight hundred and seventy five thousand women experience one or more pregnancy complications Noelle cost about twenty thousand dollars and has been on the Hopkins campus for about two weeks MC I see Vermont Hopkins insurance company funded Noel is part of a patient safety initiative guard Mart scientific is now working on the next model for Noelle a wireless version for Discovery News I'm Casey D Gardner

29 Replies to “Pregnant Robot Trains Students”

  1. $20k for a life-sized doll who ejects baby-dolls from her cootch. Pretty sure the prototype cost less than $1000.

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