ELKHART -- In about 90 percent of all births, the baby smoothly
transitions from the womb to the world. About 10 percent of the time,
an infant requires special assistance after delivery.
Some babies need stimulation or a little bit of oxygen when they are
born. And every now and then a baby requires intubation, medication,
or other extensive resuscitation measures.
Area hospitals such as Elkhart General Hospital are constantly working
to provide their medical personnel with the best training possible for
situations like this. And now, a new tool will assist them in
accomplishing that task.
The Elkhart General Hospital Foundation recently donated a
computerized infant simulator, or high-tech sim baby, to the
hospital's neonatal unit to provide greater life-like training for
nursing staff who may need to resuscitate a newborn.
The training tool cost about $25,000.
"When things go wrong, it can happen in an instant," said Michaela
Nufer, an Elkhart General neonatal nurse practitioner. "That's why
it's so important we make training scenarios as realistic as