High tech mannequins prepare student ambos for frontline

Released 21/08/2012

Highly sophisticated mannequins that can simulate real-life health complications are now at the fingertips of ACT student paramedics to help prepare them for frontline emergencies, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, said today.

"These high-tech mannequins will play a critical role in training student paramedics for emergency care, and ensure they will been trained in virtually every condition a paramedic would face in real life," Mr Corbell said. 

"Educators can wirelessly use remote control to manipulate the mannequins in a wide range of scenarios allowing students to practice patient handling, immobilisation, ventilation and intravenous access and keep abreast of the latest ways to treat patients."

Replaceable skin and veins, the simulation of pulses and blood pressure, breathing, groaning and responding to questions are just some of the mannequin's features. Students can also practice clinical treatment including defibrillation and oxygen therapy. 

Mr Corbell said the ACT Labor Government was committed to investing in frontline services, and funding of $692,000 over three years for this equipment and a clinical simulation environment will ensure the ACT Ambulance Service remains at the cutting edge of pre-hospital health care.

As well as the mannequins, the new simulation environment also contains a house, which can be divided into rooms recreating a bathroom and home setting.

"In the house, audiovisual equipment is then used to record training sessions in the simulation environment which students can review and debrief as a critical part of their learning process," Mr Corbell said.

"Paramedics are called on to respond to all types of trauma and illness out in the community and treat patients in a range of situations.

"Ensuring that members of the ambulance service are as well trained and prepared for any situation they may be faced when providing emergency care in our community is an important priority for the government."

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