A simulation suite for training doctors and healthcare professionals has been purpose built at Devon House, Margate.
The suite comprises a simulated ward area with ITU bed which converts to a theatre to deliver both medical and anaesthetic simulation. It is fully equipped, down to the piped gases, vital signs monitoring equipment and emergency call button - not to mention everyday ward furniture including bedside chair, locker and screens.
3G mannikins - both adult and paediatric - can be given drugs and fluids, breathe, convulse, cry, bleed and stop breathing, enabling the candidate to undertake both simple and complex procedures in a realistic environment.
Two cameras give excellent coverage of the whole room and what takes place there can be filmed and then annotated with comments by the consultants as the scenario progresses, then played back and discussed during the debriefing.
This fantastic new facility, jointly funded by East Kent Hospitals and The Dinwoodie Charity, will bring the Trust’s junior doctor education programme ahead of the game. It will enable the Trust to develop simulation teaching across all specialties in time, starting with a full F1 and F2 programme from next year.