The Trust is proud to boast a purpose built Simulation Centre.
Russell's Hall Hospital is one of only a few to have this state of the art technology, available to provide students and qualified staff of all disciplines with exposure to real-life medical scenarios and emergency situations that they can react and respond to with no risk to patients’, in a safe learning environment.
This is a multi-functional centre with the capability to provide a simulated two-bedded ward and an operating theatre.
The operating theatre setup has a fully functional anaesthetic machine and operating table.
The centre has two high-fidelity human patient simulator manikins (SimMan 3G), that provide students with exceptional life-like experiences.
It also has a fully integrated audio/visual system that has full recording capability, with state of the art Laerdal debriefing software "SimView". The debriefing room has a high resolution screen enabling full debriefing to occur in this room, as well as an interactive slate.
5th Year Medical Students
The 5th year medical students undertake the ‘acutely ill patient’ module in their final year. At Russell’s Hall a simulation programme has been developed to compliment this module.
These medical students are split into 2 groups with a maximum of 12 students in each group. During the semester each group will receive 5 simulation sessions, with each session lasting 3 hours. The 5 simulation sessions cover 15 ‘acutely ill patient’ scenarios that support the teaching the students receive on these topics.
Each individual topic is led by a Consultant from that speciality. Within each session the students will have between 3 and 4 scenarios to complete. The groups are further divided into 3 smaller groups and each group will actively participate in one scenario, whilst observing the rest of the scenarios from the debriefing room.
Every scenario that is run is followed by a full clinical and 'human factors' based debrief, which is led by the specialist Consultant for that scenario and Dr Nicola Calthorpe. Dr Calthorpe is a Consultant Anaesthetist who specialises in difficult anaesthetic airways and is the Dudley Group Lead for simulation training and Human Factors debriefing.
The sessions are generally grouped into systems of the body e.g. one week gastrointestinal will be the focus and the following week it will the central nervous system.
4th Year Medical Students
All 4th year medical students undertake either the surgical or medical (depending on their rotation) interprofessional pathways benefitting from interprofessional learning. Of the pathway’s that are currently available the following simulation programmes have been introduced: surgical, diabetes, chest pain and respiratory pathways. These simulation sessions are provided for 4 students; normally 3 medical students and one other undergraduate professional. Each simulation session involves an introduction to the simulation facilities including an in-depth explanation and demonstration of the capabilities of the SimMan 3G.
Simulation is becoming embedded not only into undergraduate medical education but also to post-graduate education. Therefore, it was felt that by giving the students a robust introduction to the manikin this would not only have short-term benefits but will aid in future development. The orientation is structured using the ABCDE assessment of critically ill patients (A=Airway, B=Breathing, C=Circulation, D=Disability and E=Exposure). The second half of the simulation session involves a simulation scenario that has been designed to compliment both the interprofessional mix of the students and clinical focus of the pathway.
3rd Year Medical Students
Currently, all third year medical students in the second semester have a simulated bedside teaching session. These sessions are Consultant led and cover a variety of cardio-respiratory topics. The students are introduced to the simulation facilities and presented with a patient. Students take a full history and perform all relevant examinations in full. The aim of these sessions is for the students to use the information they are presented with to determine a diagnosis for the patient, and develop a potential treatment pathway within a safe environment.
At the moment an additional simulation programme is being devised for the 3rd year medical students. This is a drop-in session programme that has been designed to allow each firm to experience some basic simulation sessions and to introduce the concept of a systematic, rapid assessment; ABCDE.
The NEW RGUC Simulation Centre website will soon be available at www.rgucsimulationcentre.com