Lifelike Newborn “SimNewB” Simulator Joins Harris County Hospitals
Arriving at 7 pounds, 21 inches long, the female SimNewB looks just like any other newborn. Equipped with many health issues — she was born limp and without vital signs, suffered several seizures along with many other health issues – the nurses in the Harris County Hospital District (HCHD) are learning to focus their lifesaving efforts on the most fragile patient.
Working with the $22,000 advanced neonatal simulator daily, the HCHD’s Nursing Education Program, specifically the Neonatal Resuscitation Program, is able to teach various clinical skills such as normal and abnormal breath sounds, heart sounds, pulse assessment, intubation and advanced procedures such as IV placement.
SimNewB has realistic anatomy and can simulate a wide variety of patient conditions. During classes, HCHD instructors can control the baby’s health while nurses perform real time techniques as if it were a true emergency. The baby responds to the clinical interventions with spontaneous respirations, visible chest rise and fall, lung, heart and vocal sounds and motion. If the nurses have done everything right, the baby will respond with a vigorous cry.
“This is extremely helpful,” said Theresa Wilson, RN, Nursing Clinical Instructor II. “Simulation allows for better clinical feedback in evaluating the nurses. Overall, this will enhance all nursing skills.”
Once again, Houston Hospitals are proving themselves to be at the medical forefront in both physician training and technological advancements ensuring patients receive treatment that is second to none!
Source: Houston Medical Journal