Royal Surrey County Hospital clinicians have worked with some of Hollywood’s top model makers to produce a world-first infant teaching tool.

Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Jo Macleod and Resuscitation Service Manager Bill Pasquier designed two lifelike baby mannequins – one pre-term and one full-term – that will be used in training and simulations.

They worked with the team at Lifecast Body Simulation for six months to build the mannequins. The Lifecast team has worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters including Saving Private Ryan, Kingsman, Beauty and the Beast and many more.

Based on scans of a 29 and 36 week babies, the mannequins feature ‘clicky hips’ that will allow junior doctors to practice the newborn examination. This involves the gentle manipulation of the joint to check if there are any problems.

They also have compatible airways for Advanced Life Support, tiny visible veins for practicing taking blood and inserting a cannula and the ability to insert an intra-osseous needle – which involves accessing the marrow of the bone – in order to provide fluids and medication in an emergency situation.

Jo Macleod said: “The mannequins will be used in resuscitation training and the training of our junior doctors, midwives and nurses. The ‘clicky hip’ feature is fantastic and will allow us to demonstrate how to perform the newborn hip check.

 “The mannequins will make a huge difference as they are so much more realistic and are likely to ensure that people get into the simulations and as a result get more out of the training.”

You can watch a video of Jo Macleod explaining the benefits of the mannequins by clicking here.