2nd Aug, 2022

High Fidelity, High Emotions: Hallmarks of SIMCharacters

Clinical practice and medical education are inextricably linked to emotions. Although the manikins and cadavers on which medics practice are emotionless and lifeless, the people who administer the medications are human beings capable of feeling emotions. Physicians express a wide range of positive and negative emotions during clinical encounters. If empathy and compassion are not considered, a focus on biomedicine may fail the patient. Furthermore, leveraging positive emotions to foster positive relationships, trust, and harmony can improve patient and doctor satisfaction, loyalty, and compliance.

SIMCharacters’ Paul simulates a premature infant for health staff in a realistic setting. Neonatologists and NICU nurses alike praise the Paul High Emotion simulator for its convincingly lifelike features and highly realistic anatomy. For example, if he lacks oxygen, his skin turns blue, and his abdomen swells. During an oxygen shortage, he will even cry out in pain. Paul, the premature infant simulator, is fabricated from synthetic materials, but he provides a realistic training experience for those who work with him.

Paul’s anatomical characteristics correspond to a living, 27-week-old baby. Paul measures just under 14 inches in length and weighs just over 2 pounds. His larynx was created using 3-D printing based on actual preterm MRI scans and physiological and pathological breathing patterns. According to the Austrian company SIMCharacters, Paul is a high-fidelity simulator because it can react visually and acoustically to the care he’s receiving. Trainers can measure his breathing patterns, heartbeat, and stomach sounds through a stethoscope specially made for Paul.

When teaching new healthcare professionals about preterm care, SIMCharacters founder Jens Schwindt was deeply concerned by the limited pathologies and unrealistic anatomy available in modern preterm simulators. Jens founded SIMCharacters in 2012 to help more than 15 million preterm babies. Teaming up with neonatologists, software developers, mechanical engineers, and Hollywood special effects designers, Paul exceeded the limits of high-fidelity simulator technology.

A favorite of neonatologists and NICU nurses due to his lifelike appearance and highly realistic anatomy, the Paul High Emotion simulator has already made its mark in Europe. Paul will transform your simulations beyond high fidelity into high emotional value, enhancing the realistic feel of your NICU/PICU training program and ensuring better learning outcomes.

Paediatric simulations teach various skills, including trauma management, resuscitation, and procedural skills. It allows learners to gain competence without putting patients at risk, making it a valuable tool for health care educators. A tool widely used in medical education is a simulation in paediatrics for training and assessment. Paediatric simulations have been used to teach resuscitation and trauma management, procedural skills, and teamwork.

The number of studies evaluating the effectiveness of paediatric simulation as an educational tool has significantly increased in the last decade (specific task-trainers and patient mannequins). Simulation is becoming increasingly popular in paediatric residency programs worldwide for procedural and resuscitation training. This system has extensively trained in resuscitation and trauma management, procedures, CRM, and teamwork.

Most paediatric residents have acquired resuscitation and procedural skills during training through direct contact with patients in the emergency department, intensive care unit, and inpatient wards. In addition, simulating paediatric resuscitations has been shown to increase proficiency among residents.

For paediatric acute care providers, simulation has tremendous potential as a teaching and assessment tool. Continuing advances in paediatric simulation education are being made. Paediatric trainees have used simulations to learn trauma management skills, procedural skills, and CRM.


Providing realistic internal and external anatomical structures and convincingly lifelike clinical features, Paul’s next-generation preterm simulators are leading providers of artificial larynx reconstruction based on preterm MRI images, physiological and pathological breathing patterns, and natural internal and external structures.


SIMCharacters takes a big step forward in medical simulation with Paul’s addition. High fidelity is a thing of the past. Instead, simulations of intense emotion are the future. SIMCharacters Jens and his team understand the difficulties involved in creating High Emotion Simulations for preterm newborns by observing and empathizing with the caregivers, relatives, and services caring for them.

Bringing this lifelike baby simulator to this market is a true honor for Leader Healthcare. This will illuminate the development and study of preterm babies in this region. In neonatology, this simulator will meet the myriad of needs and provide solutions to the challenges that persist. To experience this high-fidelity simulator, reach out to us at marketing@leaderhealthcaregroup.com.

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