What equipment might I use in simulation?
Most of the simulation equipment that you will use can be categorised into high fidelity manikins, low-medium fidelity manikins, and task trainers. You will use these in combination with real medical equipment such as electrocardiogram (ECG) machines, intravenous (IV) pumps and defibrillators.
High fidelity manikins are very lifelike manikins that are interactive and are capable of reproducing a lot of physiological functions such as pulse, blood pressure, bleeding, and breathing. Advanced manikins might have features such as tears, sweat, and tongue oedema.
Examples of high fidelity manikins are: Laerdal SimMan3G or Gaumard Hal.
SimMan3G is used for military medic, paramedic and clinical simulations, especially involving trauma, advanced and difficult airway scenarios and other emergency scenarios.
Low-medium fidelity manikins have fewer features than high fidelity manikins but will usually still have features such as pulse, blood pressure, and veins. Examples of low-medium fidelity manikins are: Laerdal Nursing Anne and Laerdal MegaCode Kelly.
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Megacode Kelly is a full-body manikin designed for the practice of advanced, difficult, and obstructed airway scenarios and IV therapy.
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Nursing Anne is a manikin designed for scenario-based training for the care and management of a wide variety of in-hospital patients.
Task Trainers are simulated body parts that are designed for students to learn a specific skill, such as venepuncture, catheterisation, orcardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Examples of part task trainers are: Limbs & Things Venepuncture Arm
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The venepuncture arm can be used for learning venepuncture, IV cannulation, and IV fluids infusion.