$9m gift for Star­ship

Hawke's Bay Today - - Nation -

A fam­ily of life­like med­i­cal manikins that can cry and cough have pulled in the largest ever do­na­tion to Auck­land’s Star­ship na­tional chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal — $9 mil­lion. The gift from a fam­ily trust as­so­ci­ated with New Zealand medicines firm Dou­glas Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals has been used to set up an en­dow­ment fund for train­ing chil­dren’s health work­ers on the hi-tech manikins. The Star­ship Sim­u­la­tion Pro­gramme has six com­puter-con­trolled manikins rang­ing from a pre­ma­ture baby to a 14-year-old. The manikins can cry, cough, suf­fer a seizure, show symp­toms of a blocked air­way, and go into res­pi­ra­tory or car­diac ar­rest. They help to train chil­dren’s doc­tors, nurses and other staff. The Dou­glas fam­ily have con­trib­uted to sev­eral Star­ship projects span­ning 23 years.

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