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Published Wednesday 2 May 2018

New cutting edge training manikins are helping doctors and nurses hone their resuscitation skills and save tiny lives.

NICU nurse manager Rosemary Escott demonstrates use of the ‘Premature Anne’ for Maria Chandler from the New Zealand Financial Markets Association and her daughter Grace Chandler.

The ‘Premature Anne’ is a state-of-the-art, realistically-proportioned, 25-week premature manikin designed to be used in simulation training.

Two models – worth a combined total of almost $9000 – were recently donated to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Wellington Regional Hospital.

They were gifted by the Neonatal Trust with funds from the 2017 New Zealand Financial Markets Association (NZFMA) Thomson Reuters Charity Golf Classic.

Wellington’s NICU cares for more than 1100 neonatal babies each year – some as small as 500g, the equivalent of a block of butter – and having these manikins to train with will help doctors and nurses give these babies an even better fighting chance.

Media contact: Chas Te Runa – 027 230 9571