Birth of a new obstetric training aid

Dr Tydeman with 'Desperate Debra'
Dr Tydeman with 'Desperate Debra'
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Birth aid: A CONSULTANT from Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital has helped develop a working model to help train junior doctors in dealing with complications during Caesarean births.

Dr Graham Tydeman, a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology with NHS Fife, came up with the idea and developed the prototype in his garden shed.

And it is now to be extended throughout the UK in a bid to give junior medical staff, including midwives, training on a simulator in preparation for encountering problems during live births.

Impaction of the foetal head, where the baby’s head becomes stuck in the pelvis during a normal birth, is a serious and potentially life threatening condition, and the new fully working model, which can be adjusted to replicate differing degrees of complication, hopes to reduce instances of maternal and stillbirths.

It has been developed in a collaboration between NHS Fife and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundtion Trust.

Dr Tydeman, who has been a consultant at Forth Park and now at the Victoria Hospital’s new maternity department, specialises in foetal medicine.

He explained the model female torso, was designed to be as lifelike as possible.

“The main purpose of Desperate Debra is to teach junior doctors, so that when they are on call and come across the situation, they will have practised on a simulator,” he said.