Robot Helps Prepare Medical Professionals for Difficult Deliveries - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/21/08

Robot Helps Prepare Medical Professionals for Difficult Deliveries

"Noelle" is the newest addition to some medical centers. She is a computerized doll that can simulate some of the problems with pregnancy and delivery.

To give health care providers a chance to practice before a real emergency, a laptop computer runs dozens of different child birth emergencies. And Noelle responds - verbally. A microphone allows a woman to provide a voice for Noelle so she can interact like a live patient.

Donna Montalto Williams of the American College Of Ob-Gyn's said, "When you have an emergency like a hemorrhage situation or a shoulder distortia or a cesarean section, in some cases, you need to be able to practice."

Noelle is not only showing up in medical schools but also in police stations and fire departments where they are sometimes faced with quick delivery decisions.

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