Lucina birthing simulator celebrated and demonstrated
On Aug. 31, Penn State Mont Alto dedicated the Summit Health Nursing Lab and celebrated the arrival of Lucina — a wireless maternal simulator that will allow nursing students to practice a wide range of birthing scenarios. The dedication and birthing demonstration were from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Science-Technology Building, Room 114, on the Mont Alto campus. About 50 donors and members of Summit Health and Penn State Mont Alto attended. Lucina is a life-like, 5-foot-9, 111 pound simulator with a 5.5 pound fetus. The human simulator can be programmed to practice a variety of birthing scenarios from a normal delivery to obstetrical emergencies such as a breech delivery and a major postpartum hemorrhage.
This high-tech teaching tool gives students the ability to practice their nursing skills, develop critical thinking, communication and clinical skills with no risk to real patients. Each simulation is controlled by the instructor who sets the birthing scenario. Vitals of the mother and infant are displayed on a special monitor as students make decisions and deliver the necessary care. If they don’t deliver the proper care, their patient may perish during the simulation, but no one is at risk. Lucina can simply be reset and the situation can be practiced again and again until students master the scenario.