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Students set simulation to challenge responder skills

Tuesday, 19 February 2013
North Wales emergency medical first responders were put through their paces during a unique training simulation on the grounds of an airport.
airambsimulationTwo Ysbyty Gwynedd final year medical students tested the skills of Wales Air Ambulance paramedics, Welsh Ambulance Service (WAS) paramedics, RAF medics and a hospital doctor at a simulation based at the home of the North Wales Air Ambulance, Caernarfon Airport.
Under the supervision of Consultant Anaesthetist Suman Mitra, and the Undergraduate Centre / North Wales Clinical School West, Jennifer Bayliss and Zoe Bennetton, Cardiff final year medical students based at Ysbyty Gwynedd,  devised a project in medical simulation training aimed at pre hospital trauma care.
Using two wireless human physiology simulator manikins capable of simulating the reactions of a real person to trauma, the duo knocked on the door of the Wales Air Ambulance to ask for help in testing the scenario they had set.
The Helimeds, along with colleagues from WAS and the RAF, spent 30 minutes in the field being tested to their limits by the mock accident they found in front of them.
Suman, based at Ysbyty Gwynedd, explained: “The whole idea of practicing through the simulation is to enable all of us to work in a collaborative fashion and learn from it. Not only in terms in how each other works, but how we come together to help the patient when something like this really happens.”
Caernarfon Helimed Sam Williams helped bring the simulation to life on the fields surrounding the airport and took part in the training himself.
“The day was a great success and the first of many. Using state of the art manikins in an outdoors environment gives us a great training tool for all involved with pre hospital emergency medicine,” he said.
Jason Williams National Clinical & Operations Manager for the Wales Air Ambulance said: “Its a fantastic opportunity for the Wales Air Ambulance Charity to train in partnership with BCU. Access to these state of the art training dolls really enhances the experience for all involved adding an element of reality to the moulage."

Zoe added: “Our student project is in medical simulation working closely with the anaesthetic   department at Ysbyty Gwynedd.  It’s been an amazing opportunity, it’s all run really smoothly and we have had some amazing feedback.”