Low-cost ways of teaching neonatal care

Simulation is often used to teach people techniques it would be too risky for them to try out the first time on a real-life patient. However, the kit for simulations – life-like manikins that respond to whatever students do to them – can be very expensive so in this article Christie J. Bruno (from Yale School of Medicine) and Kristen M. Glass (from Penn State Milton S. Hershey School of Medicine) looked at cheaper ways people studying new-born babies could learn techniques. These include using oranges to practise sub-cutaneous injections; using two-litre water bottles filled with water to practise chest compressions and the Helping Babies Breathe project which uses a simple, cheap manikin to teach new-born resuscitation in low-income countries. Bruno and Glass’s article reviews other low-cost alternatives for simulation and you can find an abstract of it here.


About John Gale

I work as a medical librarian in the Joint Education and Training (JET) library at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. I keep clinicians up to date with the latest research, help them to find the best information about treatment and train them to find - and assess - high-quality information for themselves. I also help doctors and nurses find and write high-quality information for patients.
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