Delivery simulator to help budding doctors
I don’t know about you, but the sight of blood isn’t something that I can stand. I’m sure others share the same sentiment as me, and the closest I’ve ever come to in terms of simulated surgery is playing Trauma Center: Under the Knife on the Nintendo DS (which is a great and absorbing title, mind you). Other than the lack of gray matter in real life, I suspect my shaking hands won’t do too well in the operating theater. What about doctors-in-training who learn everything in theory at the beginning with no real case to practice with? Thanks to the advancement in robotics, we now have an electronic birth simulator to practice on. Read on about it after the jump.
Medical students who have the privilege of using this electronic birth simulator will be able to have a taste of what the real labor and birth processes are like. In fact, it can even simulate complications arising from giving birth to help them gain even more exposure, which results in a clear head should a real life situation arise. Most importantly, such a machine gives the opportunity to learn and practice without causing any hard to the patient.
This isn’t the first kind of simulation robots as they were already popular in the 1990s, but those were limited to anesthesiologists in training. Since then, there have been many different variations used for various aspects of medical training, while those who are involved in the veterinary course also have the privilege of working on dog mannequins. What you see in the image above is a staff member “delivering” a baby from the medical simulation device known as “Noelle” at the Harvard University Center for Medical Simulation. The Noelle mannequin isn’t cheap to begin with, costing up to $35,000 each but it is so lifelike, you could be forgiven for mistaking it for the real thing. Noelle even features a cervix that dilates, while the pulse rises even higher as the compressor pushes out a healthy baby mannequin. It can also be simulated to “deliver” babies in the wrong position for that added drama in the operating theater. What are some of the other uses you can think of for simulation robots in the medical field? I think one that re-enacts vehicular accident injuries would definitely come in handy…