Medical staff at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital are able to hone their skills in emergency situations thanks to a new simulation centre.
Doctors and nurses are able to gain confidence by practicing resuscitation and other techniques since the centre opened in April last year.
Using an adult, child and baby mannequin, which thanks to new technology have audio and a pulse, medical staff are assessed on their clinical and communication skills.
Mr Chris Lloyd, simulation training lead at the hospital, said the centre is helping to improve staff confidence.
He said: “People get exposure to difficult situation in a secure environment.
“I think it is a significant step to re-enforce the training given along with the confidence of the clinician and their effectiveness.
“It allows them to develop in a similar environment and they can make a mistake without anyone getting hurt. They can learn from that mistake and practice or re-run the scenario.
“I think it increases people’s confidence in their ability.”
Trainee anaesthetists Dr Douglas Bomford and Dr Mehul Vadhur were set the scenario of complications a post operative patient.
But a curve ball was thrown in when the patient suffered an anaphylactic reaction and the pair had to resuscitate and ventilate the mannequin.
The simulation was made as realistic as possible with patient’s vital signs being on show.
And a trainer was able to provide the voice of the patient without having to stand in the room.
All simulations are recorded for medical staff to play back and learn from.
Dr Bomford said the simulation were useful in helping to cope under pressure.
He said: “It is very helpful training and you are able to train in a safe environment without impacting on patients.
“When you come to A&E you are much better equipped to handle difficult situations. Patients don’t obey the rules so it is good to have different scenarios.”
Dr Vadher said the simulation helps to “think outside the box”.
He said: “It evokes the emotions of real life when you feel something is going wrong and time is against you. You to make quick diagnosis. Even though it is a simulation it does recreate real life and you get a lot out of it.”
The QEH is working with trainees from the University of East Anglia and Cambridge at the centre.