A resuscitation mannequin that can be remote controlled for training purposes to scream and vomit is among new hi-tech equipment gifted to Wairau Hospital, in Blenheim.
A 17" hi-fidelity monitor, costing $6100, was purchased by the Marlborough Hospital Equipment Trust. Wairau Hospital is the first hospital in New Zealand to have the state-of-the-art monitor. It will be used in conjunction with a wireless control pad that allows doctors to simulate real-life resuscitation scenarios from another room.
Registered Nurse Michele Udy said the monitor changed their mannequin into a more realistic, interactive training tool.
"The new equipment will allow for a wide range of advanced life-saving skills in medical emergencies to be taught," she said. "There is good evidence showing that simulation training improves teams efficiency and competence."
The monitor was the same technology already used in the hospital, so would be familiar to all doctors and add to more effective training, she said.
Ms Udy, who is also a Resuscitation Council CPR instructor, said the hospital provided four advanced courses per year in resuscitation training. Refresher sessions were also offered throughout the year.
"These spontaneous sessions energise the staff and retain skill levels," Ms Udy said.
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