Baby Simulator used to train medical professionals

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- They say practice makes perfect. The same is true for medical professionals.

At Children's Hospital at OU they have a new practice tool. It's a robotic baby that they use for practice. The SimBaby has a number of crisis situations that can be played-out with it.

Dr. Andrew Gormley from Children's said it's very realistic.

"That allows us to change it's scenarios and patient care in a no risk situation.  That allows us to perform better when it comes to real life healthcare," Gormley explains.

Nurse Janice Newsom said it helps with other training as well.

"It also helps you deal with the emotional side of dealing with a cardiac baby," Newsom says.

The baby simulators were provided through a grant.  They are operated by software that records vitals and reactions in real time.  The data can be studied after the drills.

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