High-tech robots helping doctors save lives of tiniest patients

Posted at 5:55 PM, Oct 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 20:55:14-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Some of the world's most advanced patient simulators are on display in San Diego for the largest gathering of emergency doctors.

Created by Gaumard Scientific, health professionals can perform a full range of emergency procedures with the robots, including surgical airway, needle decompression and chest tube thoracostomy with the highest degree of realism, says Gaumard executive vice president John Eggert.

Eggert says it's the closest experience to real-world emergency care available today.

One of the robots is Super Tory, the first baby simulator that can go into cardiac arrest and be revived with real chest compressions and a ventilator.

With Super Tory, doctors and nurses can practice life-saving techniques without hurting a real infant.

“There’s a ton of emotions that go into a really stressful case like that," said Brandon Giberson, Chief Resident at Emory University Emergency Medicine Program. "These simulation cases allow us to get as real as it gets, experience those emotions and know how to handle it when the real thing happens.”

At the touch of a button, the robot's dynamic respiratory system goes into acute distress, and its entire body reacts, even changing color.

“The objective of these simulators is to help our doctors in those critical situations, so they’re prepared for it. The first time they see a baby in respiratory distress isn't when she comes in the emergency department," said James Archetto, Vice President at Gaumard Scientific.

Other Gaumard robots include a mobile maternal/fetal patient simulator, a fully responsive five-year-old patient simulator, and a one-year-old patient simulator.

The hope is with advanced robots like Tory, more babies will make it through those critical minutes and onto a long, healthy life.