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Surgical Sam, a beating-heart mannequin, takes the stage

Surgical Sam beating heart pediatric trainer mannequin simulation Simulator Program The Chamberlain GroupWe often see medical magic in Hollywood, but it’s not often we see Hollywood magic brought into medicine. Now, Boston Children’s Hospital’s Simulator Program and special-effects collaborators at The Chamberlain Group (TCG) have done just that.

Simulation has become a key component in team training, crisis management, surgical practice and other medical training activities. With simulation, medical teams can add to and hone their skills in an environment where people can make mistakes without risking patient harm—”practicing before game time,” says Boston Children’s critical care specialist Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD, who runs the Simulator Program.

Mannequins are a key part of simulation, and Weinstock’s team, working together with companies, designers and engineers, has developed eerily lifelike ones that can bleed and “respond” to interventions based on computer commands from a technician.

But there are some things Weinstock’s mannequins haven’t been able to capture up to now, like the movements of a beating heart.

That’s where TCG and a new mannequin called Surgical Sam come in.

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Almost as real as real: Simulations, mannequins and medical training

Medical simulators give doctors and nurses an opportunity to practice without risking patient harm. Peter Weinstock and his team are creating sophisticated, scenario-based simulations that bring new realism to medical training.

Things had taken a turn for the worse as the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) team tried to stabilize the two-day-old boy just transported in from a hospital in Maine:

“His heart rate is going down.” “I think he’s going into tachycardia, have the defibrillator ready.” “Starting chest compressions!”

The care team struggled to get the baby’s heart function under control while addressing his deteriorating lung problems.

That’s when the facilitator announced: “The simulation is over, everyone. Let’s go back to the conference room and debrief.”

Everyone stepped back, and that’s when I saw that the child on the bed wasn’t a child – it was a very advanced mannequin – and that the doctors and nurses working feverishly in front of me were taking part in a training, one of hundreds run every year by the Children’s Hospital Boston Simulator Program.

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