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New App helps nursing students get to the heart of labor and delivery by Idowu Olabode : May 11, 2016, 06:17:53 AM
From a need to better prepare future labor and delivery nurses was born a new app.

Now, University of Tennessee College of Nursing students going through simulations monitoring babies and mothers in labor can see on their iPads a continuous line of baby's heartbeat and mother's contractions, up and down at 10-second intervals.

"It gives a more real-world appearance," said Sheila Taylor, an assistant professor in the College of Nursing who develops content. Taylor said Susan Fancher, who directs the college's simulation lab, "wanted something that could simulate what was actually at a person's bedside" in a hospital.

So Taylor and Fancher, along with College of Nursing professor Tami Wyatt and Xueping Li, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, began developing the Simulated Electronic Fetal Monitor app around four years ago. Last summer, they tested it with a small number of students, and they began using it last fall.

Fancher said she was initially looking for a way to expand the simulation lab's resources. The lab includes an medical mannikin of a pregnant woman in labor, but just one — and the price tag for a second would run up to $55,0000.

But with the app, a group of students can simulate labor with a regular medial mannikin, or a live actor, Fancher said.

"The more I can create scenerios to create the realism, the better the students will be able to suspend their disbelief to immerse themselves in the scenerio," she said.

It also provides an opportunity for students to experience rare medical events they wouldn't be likely to see during their training — but might encounter with a patient someday, Taylor said.

"Our students train at a high-risk labor and delivery practice, but even so, with that population and volume, they don't always get the extreme outliers," Taylor said. "We can actually simulate those with this app and make a real-world setting for them."

Instructors can set the baby's heart rate, how often contractions are occurring and a variety of other markers that indicate whether the birth is progressing normally or the baby or mother is in distress.

Student reaction to the app has been positive, Taylor said, especially over using paper strips of printed rhythms the college used before the app: "You've got a generation of students who were born with technology. It's not foreign to them."

UT Research Foundation worked with the faculty to license and patent their app, which is available for iPad on iTunes: $25 for the instructor version, and $5 for the student version. The student version already has been downloaded more than 100 times.

Now Fancher and Taylor are working on improving the app. Fancher wants to add the "whoosh-whoosh" sounds the monitors make in real life. Taylor would like to adjust the contraction simulation so that students can learn how contractions occurring naturally differ from those induced by the drug pitocin.

"We're just waiting for the technology to catch up," Taylor said.

Source :Knox News

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Re: New App helps nursing students get to the heart of labor and delivery by megan : May 11, 2016, 07:34:44 PM
I would like to bring this technology to my college for OB/PEDS sim lab. Can you direct me on the name of the app so I can pass the information along to my professors? Thank you

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Re: New App helps nursing students get to the heart of labor and delivery by Idowu Olabode : May 12, 2016, 07:42:31 AM
I would like to bring this technology to my college for OB/PEDS sim lab. Can you direct me on the name of the app so I can pass the information along to my professors? Thank you

It is Stimulated Electronic Fetal Monitor  app here is the direct link to the app on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/simulated-electronic-fetal/id993222148?mt=8

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