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Welcome gifts for premature babies born in the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

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Bild: MedUni Vienna/Kawka
from left: Sonja Steuer, Jens Schwindt, Angelika Berger, Bianca Hirn, Julia Schoder

(Vienna, 02 January 2019) Jens-Christian Schwindt, CEO of SIMCharacters, arrived at the premature baby unit of MedUni Vienna/Vienna General Hospital bearing gifts. He brought so-called "Tiny Baby Boxes", which were gladly received by Angelika Berger, Head of the Division of Neonatalogy, Intensive Care Medicine and Neuropediatrics of MedUni Vienna and Vienna General Hospital.

The "Tiny Baby Boxes" designed by AKH nurse Julia Schoder and her sister, Bianca Hirn, are intended to assist parents during the first few weeks and months following the birth of a premature baby. There are illustrated cards for personalised details about the birth, photographs and notes. For example, there is a weight chart, on which parents can record their child's weight gain. Or a card with a checklist of the main items of baby paraphernalia that are required, should parents be "surprised" by the early birth of their baby and therefore less than fully prepared.


SIMCharacters is offering these Tiny Baby Boxes to the next 100 babies born in Vienna General Hospital before the 28th week of gestation.


About SIMCharacters
SIMCharacters GmbH was founded in 2012 by Jens-Christian Schwindt to develop and market paediatric patient simulators to improve the quality of care provided for critically ill children throughout the world. Schwindt, himself a paediatric intensive care doctor, worked for many years as a senior doctor at MedUni Vienna's Division of Neonatology, Intensive Care Medicine and Neuropediatrics within Vienna General Hospital. Working with the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering of the Medical University of Vienna, SIMCharacters has developed the most realistic child simulator to date. The "Paul" premature baby simulator is the smallest and most advanced high-end patient simulator in the world. Convincingly lifelike child simulators like "Paul" help to train medical teams for critical situations in paediatric emergency medicine under highly realistic conditions.

Further joint research projects with the Medical University of Vienna are ongoing.