Training simulation for medical students larger than life

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Medical Students Hannah Laughton and Emma Moloney carry out a simulated resuscitation of a medical manikin after a scenario of cardiac arrest.Photo: JANICE HARRIS0731syduni

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Medical Students Hannah Laughton and Emma Moloney carry out a simulated resuscitation of a medical manikin after a scenario of cardiac arrest.Photo: JANICE HARRIS0731syduni

MEDICAL students gained valuable hands- on experience recently at the University of Sydney school of rural health when they took part in a simulated training exercise.

The University of Sydney’s school of rural health hosts placements in Orange hospital of medical students and the recent training was in conjunction with Royal North Shore’s EdWise Program.

The simulation training also involved new graduate nurses from Orange hospital.

The training session involved treated a patient who was critically ill, and required assessment as his condition was rapidly deteriorating.

The simulated model was also computer programmed to go into cardiac arrest during the assessment, requiring resuscitation.

A spokesperson for the school of rural health said the latest manikins being used for medical training create realistic patient scenarios.

They can be computer programmed to talk, complain about pain, gasp for air and suffer a range of other medical emergencies as well as suffer an allergic reaction.

The students and graduate nurses were able to intubate patients with realistic airways and even be shocked by a defibrillator.

Clinical skills co-ordinator at the University of Sydney school of rural health Tracey Rolfe said the manikins are invaluable in the training process.

“This exposure to real life patient scenarios allows for our future doctors and new graduate nurses to learn more about a patient reaction in a low-risk environment.

“It also allows both doctors and nurses to understand their roles when treating patients in critical situations,” she said.

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