OB Simulation Program

Improving Patient Safety through Simulation Training for Labor and Delivery Teams

Just as pilots train on flight simulators to practice their skills, learn new ones and make flying safer, the OB Simulation Program provides labor and delivery teams with a safe way to practice emergency situations without danger to patients. Using live actors and mannequins, OB Sim staff create realistic scenarios designed to teach obstetric teams the technical, behavioral and communication skills necessary for optimal performance when faced with a real life emergency situation.

The training team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has over ten years’ experience with hundreds of courses conducted. Recipients of the Kaiser Innovation in Education award, we are known as the national and international leader in multi-disciplinary “in-situ” obstetric simulation at the point of care. Our Stanford Medicine faculty includes obstetric simulation experts, advanced practice nurse educators, obstetricians and obstetric anesthesiologists—all of whom practice at a busy, high acuity center.

Stanford University School of Medicine is the birthplace of the world’s first simulated delivery room at the Center for Advanced Pediatric and Perinatal Education (CAPE), launched in 2002. The health care professionals at CAPE draw upon aviation research to conduct studies and operate our NeoSim, CounselSim, ECMOSim and OB-NeoSim training programs, all of which involve simulation and debriefing.

For more information about our OB Simulation Training opportunities or to schedule a training for your team call (650) 497-8284.

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