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15 October 2010
Cardiff medical student and Wales rugby star Jamie Roberts has unveiled the School of Medicine’s new medical simulation training equipment.
The new child manikin – part of an expansion of the University’s simulation equipment - can be programmed to behave just like a sick child, offering students the chance to deal with real life problems.
The plastic manikins can have irregular heart beats, low blood pressure; they can even be made to be sick – ensuring that the student doctors can practice looking after critically ill patients in emergency situations, before they meet these emergencies in real life.
Officially unveiling the new equipment, Jamie Roberts said: "As a medical student this new equipment will help my development and enables me to learn, rehearse and perfect procedures in treating sick patients.
"This new equipment is especially important as it mimics a child – one of the most difficult patients to treat when becoming a doctor."
The equipment is part of an expansion of simulation equipment at the School of Medicine.
In 2008 the Minister for Health, Edwina Hart opened the first phase – an adult simulation centre allowing students to learn, rehearse and perfect procedures in treating sick adult patients, anaesthesia and intensive care.
Teaching is video recorded allowing students to review and develop their skills.
Professor Judith Hall, School of Medicine, added: "This is an important development for undergraduate and postgraduate education at Cardiff and adds to our already impressive simulation equipment.
"With the development of the Children’s Hospital for Wales here in Cardiff, it is very important that our medical students train to look after sick babies and children.
"Using this infant manikin, they will train to recognise when a baby is sick, they will know when to call senior doctors for help and finally, they will know how to start emergency treatment."
The equipment has been sponsored by Flexicare - a Welsh manufacturer and supplier of medical devices to the healthcare industry and medical organisations
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