New OB SIM equipment on its way to Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Regional Health has obtained a new high-fidelity patient simulator through a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

This piece of equipment adds obstetric (OB) care and labor and delivery training to the Simulation in Motion South Dakota (SIM-SD) program.

Regional Health now has an adult male, two children, and OB simulator that can give birth and simulating various obstetrical emergencies.

“This equipment helps us go across western South Dakota to train medical professionals from all organizations. We have been able to train physicians and firefighters using this generous gift from Helmsley Charitable Trust” said Darrel Brimm, Regional Health Nurse Educator. “This is the type of training that saves lives.”

The SIM-SD program provides hands-on instruction through real-life scenarios for nurses, physicians and emergency medical service (EMS) professionals to increase their proficiency.

The new OB simulation equipment can help train medical personnel in vaginal delivery, breach delivery, precipitous delivery, and shoulder dystocia.

The Helmsley Charitable Trust gave over $5 million in 2010 to establish SIM-SD.

The program provides high-quality training with human simulators to healthcare professionals and emergency medical service (EMS) providers throughout South Dakota.

Regional Health operates the SIM-SD truck that serves western South Dakota.

Regional Health is inviting the public to see the new equipment on Nov. 29 at Rapid City Hospital, East Auditorium, from 4–5 p.m. 

Caregivers will give presentations at the event, and the public can get hands-on experience with the simulation equipment.

Information and photo provided by Regional Health
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