Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Robotic Baby Simulates Real-Life Medical Emergencies for Nursing Students

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Robotic Baby Simulates Real-Life Medical Emergencies for Nursing Students

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CLEVELAND

It coughs, grunts, cries, snores and responds to being touched. It wears a diaper and its mouth turns blue when it is experiencing trouble. It's "SimBaby," the latest birth and hands-on learning tool being used by neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) students at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. The school recently received one of the first SimBaby simulators in the United States.

SimBaby is a $28,000, high-tech robotic simulator that also breathes, has a pulse and maintains heart rhythm and blood pressure. It can be programmed to simulate a range of illnesses and medical emergencies, including cardiac arrest and breathing difficulties. Students are informed of SimBaby's "symptoms" and must perform the appropriate assessments and treatments. The baby's condition improves or deteriorates depending on the student's intervention.

"Simulation training is rapidly advancing as an important component of nursing and medical education," says Dr. Donna Dowling, an assistant professor of nursing at CWRU and expert in neonatal nursing practices. …

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