Assessment of forceps blade orientations during their placement using an instrumented childbirth simulator
Article first published online: 12 DEC 2008
© 2008 The Authors Journal compilation © RCOG 2008 BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Special Issue: Emerging Technologies in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume 116, Issue 2, pages 327–333, January 2009
How to Cite
Dupuis, O., Moreau, R., Pham, M. and Redarce, T. (2009), Assessment of forceps blade orientations during their placement using an instrumented childbirth simulator. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 116: 327–333. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2008.02004.x
- Issue published online: 12 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 12 DEC 2008
- Accepted 17 September 2008.
- Childbirth simulator;
- operative vaginal delivery;
- obstetric training;
- quality control
This paper aims to highlight the benefits of simulator training in obstetric manipulations such as forceps blade placement. The BirthSIM simulator is used to mimic operative vaginal deliveries. To characterise forceps blade placement, we studied the curvature of forceps path. The orientation of the forceps blades are studied in the quaternion unit space to ensure time-independent analysis. The results showed progress for all novices in forceps blade placement. Simulator training helps them to develop their self-confidence and acquire experience before working in the delivery room.