Equipment boost for NHS

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NHS TAYSIDE will soon benefit from the the purchase of a high-fidelity newborn infant resuscitation simulator costing nearly £19,000.

This equipment uses advanced technology to simulate infants who require resuscitation at birth and those who are already in the neonatal intensive care unit and acutely deteriorate. It allows staff the opportunity to deal with these often complex situations in a low risk setting with opportunities for feedback.

The care of newborn infants who are unwell requires a technically skilled team of medical and nursing staff to make critical decisions quickly and safely. It is therefore of paramount importance that staff receive training and frequent exposure to the types of critical event that may occur in their daily work to ensure they provide the highest quality care.

A programme of regular real-time simulated resuscitations and acute events using life-support manikins have been in place for neonatal medical and nursing staff since March. However, the purchase of this high-fidelity manikin will allow for this important training experience to become much more realistic and engaging for the participants and, importantly, allows those providing this training, additional valuable ways of assessing staff in technical tasks.

This equipment will be used within Ninewells and across Angus and Perth and Kinross.