In obstetrics and gynecology, simulation can address key dimensions of clinical training, technical skills, and management of a range of medical emergencies.
From demonstrating competence in establishing pneumoperitoneum safely, and demonstrating leadership skills during a simulated crisis at the simulation center, to in-situ drills at the hospital, simulation is now considered an essential part of maternity care training.
Strengthening PPH Managment Skills Through Simulation Training
Subpar patient care for PPH can result in maternal death. Drills to enhance the management of maternal hemorrhage have been recommended by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations,** suggesting that simulation-based practice in obstetrical emergencies can go a long way towards improving clinical performance and patient safety during real-life situations.
With the Lucina childbirthing patient simulator, learners may obtain realistic hands-on training in managing PPH occurrences by developing and strengthening their skills in
- identifying an over-distended uterus
- detecting and responding to a boggy uterus and/or an inverted uterus
- recognizing and quantifying excessive post-delivery blood loss
- applying bimanual compression and uterine massage
- using an intrauterine balloon tamponade
CAE Lucina’s vaginal bleeding reservoir holds two liters of fluid and the simulator's blood loss is modeled on true physiology. Appropriate changes occur in Lucina’s heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory parameters for a more realistic training experience in obstetrical emergencies, such as postpartum hemorrhage management with a boggy uterus.