A prompt delivery of a new piece of equipment will help reduce injuries during childbirth.
The maternity unit at Wansbeck General Hospital received the PROMPT Birthing Simulator last week following a donation by an anonymous local benefactor.
The model, developed by Limbs & Things, has been proven to reduce injury during childbirth and is an integral part of the PROMPT multi-professional obstetrics emergency course.
Dr Shonag Mackenzie, consultant and lead obstetrician and obstetric trainer at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to receive an additional PROMPT Birthing Simulator and would like to thank the person who very generously donated it to us.
“We have used this excellent equipment since it became available and are committed to continuously improving training for our midwives, obstetricians and all professionals who work on the delivery suite.
“The additional simulator will be a great asset and will help enable us to deliver training on several sites and continue to ensure every woman and child receives the highest standards of treatment.”
Kate Fox Evans, head of marketing at Limbs & Things, said: “The studies using our PROMPT Birthing Simulator have verified the positive impact medical simulation can have on patient outcomes.
“We are committed to improving patient safety through excellent product training and are currently working closely with Baby Lifeline.”
The simulator has been designed to improve the management of shoulder dystocia through hands-on practice, and as a result has become an integral part of training in maternity units. It provides a realistic platform for medical staff to acquire skills required for shoulder dystocia management.