The family of mannequins which plays a vital role in health care

Health staff in the simulation suite.
Health staff in the simulation suite.

A state-of-the-art simulation suite is helping staff give the very best care to patients.

Health workers have undergone the latest test to be held at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust suite which is filled with a family of mannequins which can talk, breathe and react like a real person, controlled by a remote laptop.

This is ultimately about patient safety. This state of the art training facility improves our staff’s skills and makes them more confident to deal with difficult situations

John Lewandowski

In a room next door, staff are watched and recorded to assess how they have performed. This information is then evaluated so that improvements can be made.

The latest course involved staff from the trust’s critical care unit, who were put in scenarios specific to their jobs. The training, known as TARGET (training in assessment related goals and evaluation of treatment) level 2.

It challenged staff to carry out training in emergency scenarios such as a heart attack, blocked chest drain,blocked windpipe (trachea), renal failure as well patient safety incidents.

The course also included simulation training involving haemodialysis which is kidney dialysis.

John Lewandowski, critical care data manager and clinical educator, who organised the course, said: “This is ultimately about patient safety. This state of the art training facility improves our staff’s skills and makes them more confident to deal with difficult situations.”

The suite is based at the University Hospital of North Tees.