November 5, 2019
Hollywood team helps build resuscitation manikins
Clinicians have worked with some of Hollywood's top model makers to produce an infant teaching tool.
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has worked with an Oscar-winning team at Elstree Film Studios to create two lifelike baby manikins – one preterm and one full term – that will be used in training and simulations.
The team from Lifecast have worked on some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters including Saving Private Ryan, Kingsman, Beauty and the Beast and many more.
Chief Nurse Jo Mountjoy said: "The manikins will be used in resuscitation training and the training of junior doctors, midwives and nurses. The clicky hip feature is fantastic and will allow us to demonstrate how to perform the newborn hip check."
Based on scans of babies at 29 and 36 weeks' gestation, the manikins have compatible airways for advanced life support, tiny visible veins for practising taking blood and inserting a cannula, endotracheal tube intubation and inserting an intra-osseous needle.
Other features include life-like skin texture, realistic weight and size and true-to-life skull and jaw feel and movement.