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SIMCharacters Paul



Deliver highly realistic neonatology training


High-Tech. High Fidelity.

In The Smallest Of Spaces.


Every year, 15 million babies are born preterm. That equates to 1 in 10 babies that require high-quality care in a uniquely complex and time-sensitive process.


Improve outcomes for premature infants by combining lifelike anatomy with state-of-the-art technology.


SIMCharacters Paul is a true-to-life, 27-week premature baby simulator developed by a team of medical and design experts.


Paul combines anatomically correct 3D-printed airways based on real-life preterm MRI scans, physiological and pathological breathing patterns, realistic internal structures, and lifelike facial and skin features.


Paul ensures readiness for low-frequency, high-risk premature birth scenarios through precise anatomy and realistic pathologies.


From competency to critical care, Paul uniquely reshapes simulation training and empowers neonatal care providers to excel in real-world situations. 


Authentic both inside and out with feedback


Lifelike External Anatomy:


  • Pregnancy week: 27+3

  • Weight: 1090 grams (2.42. pounds)

  • Length: 35cm (13.7 inches)

  • Head circumference: 26cm (10.2 inches)

  • Real hair


Unique internal anatomy:


  • Highly realistic upper airway

  • Ideal for LISA, MIST, INSURE

  • Oral and nasal intubation

  • Physiological lungs

  • Stepless lung compliance




  • Noiseless palpable pulse on all four extremities and umbilical cord

  • Realistic chest compressions

  • Insertion of peripheral venous lines

  • Insertion of umbilical vein catheters

  • Auscultation of heart, lung, and bowel sounds




  • Spontaneous or inverted between 0-100 breaths/minute

  • Realistic values under mechanical ventilation

  • Inverted breathing

  • Paradox breathing patterns

  • Pathological breathing sounds

  • Pneumothorax




  • Sensor for head position

  • Detection of tube position in the trachea or esophagus

  • Detection of intubation depth

  • Reduced ventilation of the left lung when intubating the right main bronchus

  • Visuals for efficiency of chest compressions

  • Sensor for pulse palpation

  • Detection of cutting the umbilical cord

  • Detection of umbilical vein catheter and depth of penetration




  • Optimized position-dependent auscultation of respiratory, heart, and stomach sounds via Bluetooth stethoscope


Intuitive Touch Controls:


  • Controls via laptop or tablet

  • Clean user interface

  • 3D animations in real time

  • 3D animation of the simulator

  • Display of all simulator states and measurements in real time

  • Full control of all vital parameters


Realistic Patient Monitors:


  • Easy switching to the preferred manufacturer

  • Full functionality of monitors from Drager, Philips, GE, and Nellcor

  • Familiar touch controls

  • Pre and post ductal saturation

  • Endtidal CO2 curve

  • Easy customization of curves, colours and configurations


Wireless Operation:


  • 3 hours of mobile battery use

  • Battery indicator under the skin

  • Individual components connect via Wi-Fi

  • Charging via charging pad or charging cable

  • Ideal for in-situ simulation training


Supports Training for:


  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS)

  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)

  • Pneumothorax

  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)

  • Abdominal distension


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