Simulation co-ordinator Steven Schofield and simulator educator Ken Karrasch conduct a demonstration for director of Simulation Clinical Skills Development Centre Dylan Campher.
Simulation co-ordinator Steven Schofield and simulator educator Ken Karrasch conduct a demonstration for director of Simulation Clinical Skills Development Centre Dylan Campher. Robyne Cuerel

Simulated patient that bleeds and sweats is no dummy

HIGH-tech mannequins that bleed, sweat, salivate and communicate are being used to help train doctors and nurses at the Maryborough Hospital.

Worth more than $70,000 each, the mannequins are the "stars" of the hospital's state-of-the-art simulation facility, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Simulation Faculty development co-ordinator Ken Karrasch said.

"You can do everything to these mannequins that you can do to a human," he said.

"They are the stars in our simulation rooms, appearing life-like with the aid of make-up, wigs and costumes."

The simulation facility, which includes two rooms equipped with the medical props necessary to replicate the settings and conditions of a crisis in hospital, was yesterday awarded national simulation accreditation.

That means it meets all the required simulation standards and criteria as a skills centre.

"The goal of our simulation facility is to improve patient outcomes by training in these simulated learning environments," Mr Karrasch said.

"We are training all clinical staff from undergraduates through to specialists in any clinical stream.

"The training assists staff to work better as a team in a crisis situation by improving their communication, behavioural and clinical skills."



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