Simulating complicated human birth for research and training

Esther J. Kim, Robert Allen, Jason H. Yang, Mary K. McDonald, William Tam, Edith Gurewitsch Allen

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Abstract

We report on the design, testing and implementation of a novel birthing simulator developed specifically to research the delivery process and improve clinical training in uncommon but inevitable complicated human births. The simulator consists of a maternal model and an instrumented fetal model, used in conjunction with an existing force-sensing system and a data-acquisition system. The maternal model includes a bony, rotatable pelvis, flexible legs, and a uterine expulsive system. The fetal model, which can be delivered repeatedly through the maternal model, is instrumented with potentiometers to measure neck extension, rotation and flexion during delivery. Simulation of the brachial plexus within the model fetal neck allows measurement of stretch in those nerves at risk for injury during difficult deliveries. Wooden elements mimic the properties of neonatal bone and can break either spontaneously or purposely. Two methods for measuring clinician-applied force during simulated deliveries provide trainees with real-time assessment of their own traction force and allow researchers to correlate fetal neck motion and nerve stretch parameters with clinician-applied traction. Preliminary testing indicates the system is biofidelic for the final stages of the birthing process, and can be used for training and research in obstetrics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
Pages2762-2766
Number of pages5
Volume26 IV
StatePublished - 2004
EventConference Proceedings - 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2004 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 1 2004Sep 5 2004

Other

OtherConference Proceedings - 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2004
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period9/1/049/5/04

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Obstetrics
Testing
Data acquisition
Bone

Keywords

  • Birth
  • Brachial plexus
  • Education
  • Injury prevention
  • Laboratory model
  • Mechanical simulation
  • Rotation
  • Shoulder dystocia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering

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Kim, E. J., Allen, R., Yang, J. H., McDonald, M. K., Tam, W., & Gurewitsch Allen, E. (2004). Simulating complicated human birth for research and training. In Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings (Vol. 26 IV, pp. 2762-2766)

Simulating complicated human birth for research and training. / Kim, Esther J.; Allen, Robert; Yang, Jason H.; McDonald, Mary K.; Tam, William; Gurewitsch Allen, Edith.

Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings. Vol. 26 IV 2004. p. 2762-2766.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Kim, EJ, Allen, R, Yang, JH, McDonald, MK, Tam, W & Gurewitsch Allen, E 2004, Simulating complicated human birth for research and training. in Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings. vol. 26 IV, pp. 2762-2766, Conference Proceedings - 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2004, San Francisco, CA, United States, 9/1/04.
Kim EJ, Allen R, Yang JH, McDonald MK, Tam W, Gurewitsch Allen E. Simulating complicated human birth for research and training. In Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings. Vol. 26 IV. 2004. p. 2762-2766
Kim, Esther J. ; Allen, Robert ; Yang, Jason H. ; McDonald, Mary K. ; Tam, William ; Gurewitsch Allen, Edith. / Simulating complicated human birth for research and training. Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings. Vol. 26 IV 2004. pp. 2762-2766
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