Not a funny dummy but a real help

COOMA Hospital nurses are undergoing special training in a mobile simulation centre fabricated within a purpose built semi-trailer this week.

The Sister Alison Bush AO Mobile Simulation Centre, named after the first registered Aboriginal midwife in NSW, is an innovative and novel method for addressing the difficulties that health staff working in regional and remote locations experience in accessing quality, up-to-date education and training.

Complete with highly technical mannequins purchased for simulation activities, the mobile centre boasts four rooms with a ward simulation room, emergency department simulation room, debriefing/lecture room and a control room utilising the latest technology.

The life-size SimJunior mannequin, Simon, is the newest addition to the family of SimMan, SimMom, newborn Sim and toddler Sim. This allows for greater paediatric training for nurses and students.

Training sessions are led by nurse educators from across the Local Health District and include airway emergencies, such as choking and anaphylaxis, breathing emergencies, such as acute asthma and chest decompression and circulatory emergencies such as chest pain and shock states.

"I like to remind the nurses that this isn't a test, it's an opportunity to further their training and experience things that they may not see everyday," explained Kirsti Dixon, the Southern educator of the simulation centre.

Through training, clinicians are able to learn how to communicate effectively and make right and timely decisions, gain confidence in dealing with real patients, practise skills in situations that they don't regularly encounter and retain learning more effectively.

The mobile simulation centre will be in Cooma until April 15.

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