Now Sims ain’t what they used to be...

Hospi­tal staff train us­ing high tech robot pa­tients

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

HILLING­DON Hospi­tal will train staff with ‘robot’ pa­tients that can sweat, cry and even speak.

Staff will be able to act out clin­i­cal sce­nar­ios and carry out a range of clin­i­cal pro­ce­dures with the aid of ro­botic ‘pa­tients.’

Two highly so­phis­ti­cated ‘pa­tient’ ro­bots, High Fidelity SimMan Robot at £77,500 and Ju­nior Sim at £32,500 will be con­trolled by train­ers from a dis­crete con­trol room in real time and ob­serve how the ‘pa­tients’ re­spond to the treat­ment be­ing pro­vided.

The mod­els’ heart rate, blood pres­sure and breath­ing are all re­spon­sive to treat­ment and they can de­tect if they have been given the cor­rect amount of med­i­ca­tion.

Ab­bas Khakoo, med­i­cal di­rec­tor, said: “We are de­lighted that the Trust has this fan­tas­tic new train­ing fa­cil­ity that pro­vides as close to a real life en­vi­ron­ment pos­si­ble.

“It means that our staff will be even bet­ter pre­pared to care for pa­tients as they will have al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced a broad range of sce­nar­ios and be able to re­spond

as quickly and ef­fec­tively.”

An ad­vanced au­dio vis­ual cam­era sys­tem has also been in­stalled so that the clin­i­cal train­ing ses­sions can be ob­served and recorded as events un­fold.

The cen­tre also boasts three ad­di­tional teach­ing ar­eas, with the most up-to­date in­ter­ac­tive smart board mon­i­tors.

Th­ese will en­able train­ers to in­ter­act with stu­dents and de­liver in­for­ma­tion dur­ing sce­nar­ios, and pro­vide real-time demon­stra­tions si­mul­ta­ne­ously in the cen­tre, at satel­lite sites and po­ten­tially else­where across the UK in the fu­ture.

The Mayor of Hilling­don, Cllr Ge­orge Cooper, for­mally opened the new state-of-the-art sim­u­la­tion cen­tre, on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 4.

n SIMULATED PRO­CE­DURE: Staff train­ing at Hilling­don Hospi­tal

n PA­TIENT: The high fidelity SimMan robot (above) and Ju­nior Sim (be­low)

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