AREVA Corporate Foundation: A high-fidelity neonatal mannequin for the pediatric emergency ward of Nîmes University Hospital

In brief

Following the support provided in 2014 for an obstetrical mannequin, the AREVA Foundation decided to continue its collaboration with the Nîmes University Hospital (CHU), whose referral center for university hospital training and coaching by simulation continues to grow. Today, the AREVA Foundation supports pediatrics and simulation training for preparedness in risk situations, in particular domestic accidents.

A mannequin that acts like a newborn

The latest generation of newborn mannequin is used to carry out simulations for infant medical care at home or in an emergency resuscitation vehicle staffed with medical personnel (SMUR), or for an infant presenting vital distress at home or who has fallen from the changing table.

The Foundation chose to fund this project because the mannequin's movements and reactions immediately immerse the medical personnel in a near-reality situation.

Doctor Philippe Fournier, Head of the Pediatric Emergency Ward at the Nîmes University Hospital, offered  the following comments: “We are delighted with the AREVA Corporate Foundation’s support, which will enable us to take a very concrete step forward. The first newborn mannequin initially used for training is already four years old. A lot of progress has been made on high-fidelity mannequins since then. They offer a range of training possibilities that will undoubtedly allow us to train more students as well as care-givers, enabling them to manage complex risk situations.”

 “A second mannequin had become more than necessary,” confirms Dr. Fournier, “especially to respond to requests for offsite training. In emergency vehicles, the first medical care provided is often a decisive factor in the prognosis for survival, and our role is to make this stage as successful as possible so that the infant patient has the maximum chance of survival. The Foundation is giving us the means of carrying out these programs so that we can fulfill our role as a university hospital, and we are grateful.”