Now Sims ain’t what they used to be...
Hospital staff train using high tech robot patients
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)