Simulation training saves lives

Did you know that just like pilots, healthcare professionals use simulated learning environments to develop advanced clinical and non-clinical skills?

Simulation involves practicing real-life procedures using dummies, or manikins, and smart technology in mock situations. It allows doctors, nurses and other hospital staff to learn in secure environments where they can plan, practice and develop skills and confidence to use in real situations, explains Ingrid Wolfsberger, Kids Simulation Australia, Co Lead.

Practicing in a simulated environment allows people to develop precise behaviours as a team so everyone knows their role in any given scenario. It’s useful in preparing for emergencies, disasters and to train for complex procedures. Simulation allows for multiple challenges to be artificially added into the learning environment so that health professionals learn to respond to the unexpected.

Imagine this scenario:

Your child comes into the emergency department after a car accident. They need intravenous fluids and have a suspected spinal injury.

Every procedure they will undergo has been practiced by the emergency team, surgical team and ward staff before they treat your child. The preparation for and insertion of the canula has been practiced before. The stabilisation and team lift from bed to trolley has been practiced before. This ensures your child receives safe, high-quality care and means that when the ‘real event’ happens, they know exactly what to do.

This week is Healthcare Simulation Week—a global initiative promoting simulated learning to improve the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of healthcare delivery.

Kids Simulation Australia is the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network simulation service and we provide hands on, realistic and safe simulation-based education and training to all staff and students within the Network.

As part of Healthcare Simulation Week, we’re holding events at both hospitals.

Meet and greet a manikin, join a CPR competition, or have a virtual reality experience!

  • The Children’s Hospital at Westmead: 18 September in the Galleria (Level 2) from 9am - noon
  • Sydney Childrens Hospial, Randwick: 21September in the Main Foyer, in front of Sunnys Café (Level 0) from 9am – noon.

See our vital stats:

  • We trained over 4500 staff, students and external paediatric health professional in the last 12 months.
  • We offer 350+ courses in our two centres at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, every year.
  • We use computerised manikins and state-of-the-art audio visual equipment to deliver realistic learning experiences, that includes hands-on practice and reflective experiences.
  • We test clinical environments such as operating theatres and intensive care units to remove risks before patients are permitted in there.
  • We design new equipment such as our pneumothorax manikins to provide more realistic and accurate training for our staff performing delicate clinical procedures.

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