We have used simbaby over the past 3-4 years to train a wide variety of learners. The software is quite user friendly and the manikin itself has been durable but not indestructible. There are limitation to what the manikin can do, but this is a reality with all human patient simulators. As with any software, there is a learning curve to both using the simulator, but even more so to running effective simulations.
As you may know if you already run simulation, the manikin is only part of the simulation. A medical simulation is also dependent on having a realistic environment. This can be achieved by running simulations in situ (in the real clinical environment), or in a simulation center with props and role players.
We have incorporated using simbaby into Pedi resident education, PEM fellow education, EM resident education, Fam med resident education, Teamwork training, attending level CME, with great feedback from all learners.
I would be happy to speak with you if you have specific questions about sim baby and/or developing a simulation curriculum for your institution. A better e-mail address to reach me is [log in to unmask] .
Frank L. Overly MD FAAP
Departments of EM and Pediatrics
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Co-Director RIH Medical Simulation Center
-------------- Original message from Erik Schobitz <[log in to unmask]>: --------------
> I've used Simman while in the military and in a WMD course during fellowship -
> it was used extensively with medics in the field and is quite good for trauma
> managment instruction.
> --- On Thu, 5/1/08, Christopher Kelly wrote:
> > From: Christopher Kelly
> > Subject: Simbaby
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Date: Thursday, May 1, 2008, 11:59 AM
> > My department is currently considering purchasing SIMBABY.
> > After watching a demonstration, I was very impressed. Does
> > anyone in the group currently use SIMBABY or another
> > simulation product to help with resident and hospital staff
> > teaching? Is it easy to use? I've heard that
> > programming scenarios can be difficult. Any feedback would
> > be greatly appreciated.
> > Chris Kelly
> > NY Methodist Hospital
> > Brooklyn, NY
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