Doctors Tested By New Breed Of Patient

Doctors are being trained on sophisticated dummies that breathe, have a heartbeat and even cry.

Simulation Centre

The computer-controlled mannequins can be used to generate more or less any medical crisis, preparing doctors for real emergencies.

The Bristol Medical Simulation Centre has a ward full of the lifelike patients, which be in motion towards in all ages.

Sky News was given unique access to watch the dummies in action.

Medical students on a ward round were abruptly called upon to resuscitate an elderly patient who was in cardiac arrest.

Although they appropriately used their knowledge to give the right drugs and begin heart massage, they unsuccessful to make sure that the consultant training them had accurately ventilated the patient, to assist her breathe.

William Dougal, a final year medical student in Bristol, said: “This is the perfect stepping stone between the text book moreover real life.

A number of dummies react to drugs and appear to breathe

“The patient didn’t make it, but it was only a mannequin, not a real patient, so that’s OK. We learn most from our mistakes.”

The centre in addition has a dummy used to train anaesthetists.

It has sensors in its lungs that can calculate oxygen levels, and it responds to drugs used to sedate and revitalize real patients.

To a great extent of the centre’s work is focused on getting better doctors’ teamwork. Poor communication is to blame for big numbers of medical mishaps every year.

Centre director Dr Andrew McIndoe assumed doctors require to know in a crisis situation when to call on help – and the mannequins give a safe knowledge environment.

“What we find is that people know how to deal with these problems, but they are reluctant to call upon an emergency approach at an appropriate time,” he said.

“They feel it’s an admission of failure on their part.”


"Love it! "This is the kind of educational tool needed for hyperbaric, covers the entire process in a systematic fashion that can only improve your skill set"! "

- Tim Mayhugh LPN, CHT, CHWS

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