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Royal Surrey creates world-first "baby resuscitation manikins"

Royal Surrey creates world-first "baby resuscitation manikins"

Published by Lucinda Horsley at 12:39pm 14th August 2019. (Updated at 12:41pm 14th August 2019)

A Hollywood team have helped clinicians at The Royal Surrey to create these world-first "resuscitation manikins".

The NHS Foundation Trust has worked with an Oscar winning team at Elstree Film Studios to create two lifelike baby manikins - one pre-term and one full-term - that will be used in training and simulations. 

They were designed by Jo Macleod, the hospital's Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and Bill Pasquier, their Resuscitation Service Manager.

The pair then worked with the team at Lifecast Body Simulation to build the manikins.

Jo Macleod with 29 week manikin
The world first resuscitation manikins were created by Jo Macleod.

The team from Lifecast have worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters including Saving Private Ryan, Kingsmen, Beauty and the Beast and many more.

They worked with Jo and Bill for six months to produce the manikins, which were based on scans of 29 and 36 week babies. 

The manikins feature clicky hips that will allow junior doctors to practice the newborn examination.

This involves the gentle manipulation of the joint to check if there are any problems.

Other features include life-like skin texture, realistic weight and size and true- to-life skull and jaw feel and movement.

Jo Macelod, Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, said:

“The manikins will be used in resuscitation training and the training of our junior doctors, midwives and nurses.

“The clicky hip feature is fantastic and will allow us to demonstrate how to perform the newborn hip check.

“The team from Lifecast were great and I just showed the modeler the motion of checking the hips and he managed to accurately recreate it.

“The manikins will make a huge difference as they are so much more realistic and are likely to ensure that people get into the simulations and as a result get more out of the training.”

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