SQU in Oman launches advanced birthing simulator Victoria 2017-10-04


 SQU in Oman launches advanced birthing simulator Victoria

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The childbirth simulator, Victoria, looks like a full-term patient and performs a ‘childbirth’.


 Staff Reporter



The College of Medicine and Health Sciences at Sultan Qaboos University has commissioned the world’s most life-like Victoria childbirth simulator at its Medical Education and Informatics Unit under the auspices of Advisor of SQU HE Dr Abdullah Al Futaisi on Wednesday.

The College of Medicine at SQU is the first medical school in the GCC to install this high fidelity birthing simulation facility as part of its efforts to install facilities for high fidelity simulation in medical education.

Dr Rashid Khalfan Al Abri, Head of the Medical Education and Informatics Unit, said bedside teaching and clinical simulation are important in medical education to ensure patient safety and quality. The increasing medical information and research makes it difficult for medical education to stay current in its curriculum.”

“To meet these challenges, the medical educators at SQU are restructuring curricula, developing small-group sessions, and increasing self-directed learning and independent research. Medical simulation plays a key role in closing the gap between the classroom and the clinical environment, and providing adequate training in physical examination, diagnosis, and management”, he said.

Dr Carlos N. Chidiac, from Gaumard Scientific USA, the manufacturer of ‘Victoria’, said that the birthing simulator is a life-sized simulator that not only looks like a full-term patient but that gives birth like one as well.

“Training simulations for obstetric teams have been shown to improve patient care and reduce errors. ‘Victoria’ is a life-sized training tool that looks and feels like a full-term mother in labour. Victoria contains a rechargeable battery that can run for approximately 8 hours, providing a “tether-free” birthing scenario that more closely mimics a true labour and delivery”, he said.

The simulator also comes preprogrammed with more than 30 different potential outcomes — anything from a low-risk birth to a c-section.

Complications such as placenta previa and cord prolapse can be simulated with the use of Victoria’s umbilical cord and placenta. Equipment used on actual patients, such as a foetal monitor or  pulse oximeter can also be used on the Victoria unit.