Breathing, talking manikin with a pulse shows ‘commitment’ to Horton

An innovative simulation suite to help train doctors and nurses shows a commitment to the Horton General Hospital, a senior doctor said.

The interactive manikin, which talks, breathes and has a pulse, provides trainees with realistic clinical scenarios and will improve teamworking and communication skills.

Oxford Simulation, Teaching and Research centre manager Rosie Warren with junior doctor Neal Patel and the manikin

Oxford Simulation, Teaching and Research centre manager Rosie Warren with junior doctor Neal Patel and the manikin

Consultant Jonathan Nicholls said the training suite, provided by Oxford Simulation, Teaching and Research (OxSTaR) at the University of Oxford, will benefit patients and staff.

“I’m delighted that we have had this support from the trust at the Horton as it will enable us expand our educational offer and going forward it will allow us to build on having OxSTaR here,” he said.

The suite in the Education Centre was officially opened yesterday (Thursday, December 6).

Heart attacks, sepsis symptoms and asthma attacks can be replicated through the manikin, and can be used by any discipline of clinician, both in training and as a refresher for staff.

Rosie and Neal pretend to treat the manikin

Rosie and Neal pretend to treat the manikin

A control room next door controls what it does and monitors how the trainees perform in each situation, providing feedback for next time.

OxSTaR centre manager Rosie Warren said the suite will ‘bridge the gap’ between the classroom and working on the wards.

“The suite is fully interactive, which means the staff in the control room can change the manikin’s features and behaviour in line with the trainees’ needs or reactions.

“It’s an excellent way for trainees to experience what these high-stress situations feel like - you have to maintain clinical care with all sorts of factors coming into play like time constraints, distractions, noise, and then make decisions under pressure.

The manikin blinks, talks, breathes and has a pulse

The manikin blinks, talks, breathes and has a pulse

“By acting these out in the suite, they can learn from their own experiences and take their knowledge into the workplace.”

Nuffield Oxford Hospitals Fund (NOHF) awarded £30,000 for the suite while Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust paid for the conversion of the room.

NOHF secretary Richard Sonley said: “The simulation suite is a really innovative and forward-thinking way of training our staff, and gives them a chance to experience real-life clinical situations in a controlled and safe environment.”