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New high-tech simulation room a first for Redland Hospital

10 November 2020

A new, high-tech Redland Hospital simulation room will create realistic clinical environments for doctors and nurses training in emergency and other medical response.

Emergency Department doctor Dominik Rutz said the room would enable staff to take part in high fidelity simulations in a protected environment for the first time at Redland Hospital.

He said any environment could be projected on to the walls of the room with corresponding backgrounds noises enhancing the learning experience for participants.

“This is about us taking simulations to the next level; about participants feeling like they are part of an interactive story.”

Dr Rutz said while training exercises always involved doctors and nurses together as teams, previous training simulations were confined to low fidelity experiences.

“Being able to train together in this new room will enhance even further the teamwork we have on the floor.”

Emergency Department Director Dr John Sutherland said simulation-based training was an extremely important educational tool, and part of college training accreditation.

“As well as training in clinical scenarios there is the added benefit of training as a team that ultimately improves communication and cohesion,” he said.

“Simulation training is also used to test and improve clinical pathways for conditions like stroke and adjust those pathways based on any issues identified in the simulations.”

“Previously, we used a very small space in our Short Stay area with a basic camera set up to train, so to have this new space in the UQ building on the Redland Hospital campus is just fantastic.”

Emergency Department Nurse Educator Sue Carney said she had worked on the project for four years and was looking forward to seeing the room in action.

“Facilitators will sit in a separate room and drive the manikin as the clinical situation requires,” Ms Carney said.

“At the same time there are four cameras to see every action the team is performing, and the entire simulation can be recorded and live streamed.

“A projector in the room can re-create any environment including a resus room or theatre space, and pre-recorded background noise, recorded from real the Emergency Department environment, can be played.

“All this makes the simulation incredibly immersive and realistic.”

Last updated 10 November 2020
Last reviewed 10 November 2020

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