Published: 21 August 2013

UK first for Surrey’s Sim Suite

Surrey Health and Social Care students will be among the first in the UK to benefit from new training mannequins that make learning and perfecting CPR more accurate, interactive and fun.

The University has invested in 15 life-size Resusci Anne Wireless SkillReporter mannequins that connect via a laptop to projector screens, via Bluetooth, to give real-time graphical feedback on resuscitation technique.

Multiple mannequins can connect to the laptop at one time, giving students the chance to compare their skills and see whether they are using the right force for chest compressions or getting enough oxygen into the airway. They can even compete against each other to perform the correct number of compressions, perfect hand positioning and suitable ventilation.

The mannequins will be used by all Nursing and Midwifery undergraduates, including those on our Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Children's Nursing) BSc (Hons), Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Adult Nursing) BSc (Hons)Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Mental Health Nursing) BSc (Hons), Midwifery (Registered Midwife) BSc (Hons), and Paramedic Science BSc (Hons) programmes.

The investment is part of an on-going project to ensure that Surrey continues to provide a stimulating learning and teaching environment that is relevant to practice, and the Simulation Suite offers resources that will help health and social care students develop essential skills that impact on patient safety and care.

Oliver Rawding, Clinical Simulation Tutor, said: “The new Resusci Anne SkillReporter mannequins enable large groups to work together in practising basic life support. Because the mannequins are full-body simulators, students learn to interact with the whole patient, rather than seeing individual tasks in isolation, so they can go out into practice as competent, confident, and compassionate practitioners.

“Previously, students used to give verbal feedback on each other’s resuscitation technique, but this new technology allows us to project graphical feedback onto several large screens in the training room at once, which empowers students to guide learning themselves. It also injects an aspect of fun and competition to the teaching of life support.”

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