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Advocate Good Shepherd introduces lifelike manikin at 'baby shower'

Published: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 2:37 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 11:28 p.m. CDT
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Gwen Wilke, Mariann Hisel and Jeanne Leifheit (left to right), clinical educators at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, work on Noelle, the hospitals first high-fidelity manikin that can simulate the birthing process, on Friday.

BARRINGTON – On Friday the staff at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital attended a “baby shower” for Noelle, the hospital’s first manikin designed to simulate the birthing process.

The Barrington hospital acquired Noelle in August. She is one of three high-fidelity manikins in the hospital’s simulation lab, which allows nurses and physicians to practice real-life scenarios on mechanical bodies.

Noelle simulates the experience of shoulder dystocia, postpartum hemorrhage and emergency C-section, as well as basic delivery. Advocate Good Shepherd – which paid more than $100,000 for Noelle and her baby – already has seen the benefits of the two manikins.

“One piece of feedback I got from a staff member was that their favorite part was the baby because they felt like it finally pulled it together,” said Gwen Wilke, clinical educator and simulation lab coordinator at Advocate Good Shepherd. “It was a real scenario rather than just a discussion. They had to see what was going on and how they would react. I think we’re very blessed to have this.”

Wilke can download an experience, such as an emergency C-section, and program the manikin to perform it. If the physician performs the procedure incorrectly, the desired outcome won’t happen, she said.

“You can really analyze what went well and what didn’t,” Wilke said. “And we’ve actually made changes in our processes based on these simulations.”

The simulation lab was decorated with balloons Friday, and staff members even had a “name the baby” contest. Noelle was “registered” at the medical supply department in the hospital, and some people brought items that the simulation lab needed.

The lab had the look and feel of a real baby shower, but the day was meant for hospital staff members to come in and see Noelle in action.

“This is really exciting for us,” said Mariann Hisel, clinical educator at Advocate Good Shepherd. “For us to be able to train with our own physicians as a team, here together, on how we do things, it’s much better.”

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