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ambulanceservicemanikinsThe Isle of Wight Ambulance Service has received three new state-of-the-art simulation manikins for training staff, having successfully secured funding through Health Education Wessex.

The three manikins, Sim Man, Sim Mom and Sim Junior, are as lifelike as possible and can deliver training in medical, trauma, paediatric and obstetric emergencies including cannulation, intubation, full CPR and advanced life support.

The programmable training aids can replicate conditions such as breathing difficulties and seizures, whilst Sim Mom is able to give birth manually as well as give staff real life scenarios to contend with, such as birth complications. The manikins, which react to the treatments given to them and record the actions of the trainees, are completely portable and operate via Wi-Fi.

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Clinical Support Officers from the Ambulance Service have already received training in how to use the simulators and the plan is to now roll out the training to key areas within the Trust such as the Maternity Department. Because they are so portable, the team is also looking at wider community training of health professionals in the future.

Graham Thompson, Clinical Support Officer, said:

“When you first see these manikins, they are very true to life. The interaction and interventions that our clinicians can have with these manikins is going to be extremely useful. Previously, role play has not been very realistic, but now the clinicians will benefit from that realism. This should, in part, help to further develop the necessary skills when clinicians are actually treating patients.

“We’ll firstly be using the manikins to train our ambulance clinicians and the Maternity Department will be making use of Sim Mom. But in future, we’ll be looking to approach areas like GPs or dentists so that we can pass on our expertise”.

Chris Smith, Head of Ambulance and General Manager for the Emergency Department and Medical Assessment Unit, said:

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“I’m delighted that the bid for funding for these manikins has been successful. I’m sure that they will quickly become an invaluable asset in training our clinical workforce, and will help embed the skills needed to reach our Trust’s aim of quality care, everyone, every time.”

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