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News spotlight: Pregnant robot makes special deliveries for nurses

Nurse Leader Insider, December 22, 2008

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Simulators are common teaching tools used in healthcare to heighten nurses' awareness of the unexpected so they can learn to respond quickly and competently during emergencies. But can high-tech devices improve nurse readiness when caring for those who are expecting?

Labor and delivery and nursery nurses at Lourdes Hospital in Willingboro and Camden, NJ, will soon find out. The facility recently brought Noelle, a life-size birthing simulator, on board to prepare staff for emergency situations that can arise when delivering a baby. Noelle, who is programmed with a number of complications and even for cervix dilation, leads trainees through all stages of her rocky delivery—right through  a c-section or a vaginal birth.

Trainers at the facility can program Noelle to have a seizure or deliver a breach baby. The baby mannequin can flash vital signs when hooked up to monitors and also change from pink to blue, signifying an oxygen deficiency. Noelle and her newborn are priced at $37, 995, according to their manufacturer.

Source: CBS3.com



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