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Future proofing Adelaide Health Simulation with state of the art technology and equipment

Valuable relationships with key industry partners has led to the Adelaide Health Simulation team securing significant contributions to the new critical care hospital simulation suites in the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences (AHMS) building.

Collaborating with industry partners, the Adelaide Health Simulation team, led by Director, Dr Simon Patten, have been able to replicate the technology available in critical care areas in the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. These acquisitions will enable students to immerse themselves in a clinical environment that is almost identical to the ones they will be exposed to in the real world.

Modelled on the nRAH, the simulation suites include specifically designed clinical training facilities, advanced simulation capabilities, and the latest in digital learning platforms, gifted to the University by leading medical companies who recognise the AHMS facility as a world-renowned medical training centre.

This education/industry partnership enhances the educational offerings to University of Adelaide students, and ultimately facilitates the development of a new type of healthcare worker equipped with the skills to meet the growing healthcare challenges facing Australia.

Dr Patten states that ‘by having the same equipment that is found in modern hospitals like the nRAH, students are surrounded by the same visual cues and sounds, have access to the same technology, and can safely implement their new knowledge in the most realistic way possible. This enables our future doctors and nurses to graduate work ready, reducing hospital costs and improving the delivery of quality and safe healthcare’.

Generous contributions from the following healthcare equipment providers, will ensure the AHMS’ reputation as the most technologically advanced healthcare teaching facility in Australia.

Karl Storz Endoscopy Australia have donated video laryngoscopy equipment for the critical care hospital suites in the new AHMS building. This donation allows educators to employ best practice technology in the teaching of airway management to post graduate students. This technology will be incorporated in the teaching of undergraduate nursing and medical students to visualise what happens anatomically to the upper airway with simple airways manoeuvres such as ‘chin lift and jaw thrust’.

Life Health Care partnered with Adelaide Health Simulation in 2016 by proving Ultrasound Machines to enable academic research related to skills training of medical students. The experience was so positive Life Health Care have committed to an ongoing partnership and provided machines for the commissioning of the new hospital suites and loan equipment for 2017.

Draeger Medical have been significant contributors to the education of our medical students in the rural environment, GP’s and emergency doctors in the rural setting, and for post graduate nursing students studying our critical care program.  In 2015 & 2016 they have loaned portable ventilators for training purposes on an extended basis. The new hospital suite is fully equipped to run advanced anaesthetic machines. These machines require medical gasses to function and specialised gas scavenging. This technology is built into the hospital simulation suite. They will be providing anaesthetic equipment to allow commissioning and testing of the new buildings capabilities prior to opening.

Born from our relationship with the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, GE Healthcare provided us with an integrated infant resuscitation device, the GE Panda. This allows our medical students to develop skills on infant and paediatric resuscitation on modern equipment. This loan unit has been provided for the duration of 2017.

“The significant contribution of these companies is indicative of the quality of innovative education we provide and the strong reputation of our centre among key stakeholders and industry partners,” says Adam Montagu, Lecturer and Simulation Coordinator at the University. Mr Montagu works alongside Dr Patten and is a key facilitator of these mutually beneficial arrangements.

As leaders in their field, the Adelaide Health Simulation team are always looking for new ways to integrate technology into their teaching. Interested parties are welcome to contact Adam Montagu, to explore potential options.

Adelaide Health Simulation will be ready for teaching in Semester 1, 2017 when the University of Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building, in the city’s West End officially opens.

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