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Students learn life saving skills from model patient

03 July 2008

Embargo: Not for coverage before 00:01 Thursday 3rd July 2008

Filming/photo and interview opportunity detailed at end of release.

The patient’s name is Brad, he’s undergone hundreds of operations, his medical condition is unpredictable but he has every confidence in his doctor - a Cardiff University medical student who has never seen a patient like this before!

Brad lives in the new Cardiff University Simulation Centre, to be opened (10:30am Thursday 3rd July) by the Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Health and Social Services, Mrs Edwina Hart and sponsored by Welsh company Flexicare.

The simulator - nicknamed Brad by students because of his American accent - allows School of Medicine students to learn, rehearse and perfect procedures in treating sick patients, anaesthesia and intensive care. Brad is now quite familiar with being close to death and being brought back to life.

Professor Judith Hall, School of Medicine, said: "This is an important development for undergraduate and postgraduate education at Cardiff.

"The simulator provides an excellent reflection of a really sick patient. Learning on Brad means that there is no risk to patients. Medical students can practise their management of both routine and rare life-threatening events."

Teaching is video recorded allowing students to review and develop their skills. At the launch the Minister will meet with 4th year Cardiff University medical students and see a demonstration of how they use the simulator to learn how to manage a patient with a major haemorrhage.

Mrs Hart said: "In addition to the huge advances that have been made in treatments and facilities, developments such as this one at Cardiff University show how the teaching of healthcare staff has changed over time.

"The increasing complexity of healthcare along with appreciation of patient's rights means that it is no longer acceptable to 'practise' on patients and simulators will play a vital role in the teaching of all healthcare staff in the future.

"This is also an example of how healthcare and industry can work together to provide such facilities. The example that Flexicare shows in its sponsorship of this simulator is welcomed and is part of what we should be striving for - a closer engagement between the NHS and industry."

Flexicare, sponsors of the new theatre, is a Welsh manufacturer and supplier of medical devices to the healthcare industry and medical organisations.

Hash Poormand, Business Development Director Flexicare, said: "Flexicare is proud to support Cardiff University and the ongoing education and development of new techniques. As a Welsh based manufacturer and supplier of medical devices we are committed to working with Cardiff University in creating one of the most advanced simulation facilities in the UK."


Notes to Editors:

Filming/photo opportunity: The opening (10:30am) will include a demonstration of the patient simulator with 4th year medical students learning how to manage a patient having a major haemorrhage. Please contact the Public Relations Office to attend (02920874499) or conduct live or pre-recorded interviews with any of the key figures listed below or to explore scope to interview individuals in advance (the medical students and Professor Judith Hall can be available for interview from 9am July 3rd).

Key figures include:

* Edwina Hart, Wales Assembly Government Minister for Health and Social Services

* Professor Judith Hall, Head of the Department of Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine, School of Medicine

* 4th year Cardiff University medical students: Amy Stimpson, Katy Smith, Will Jones (Welsh speaker), Jan Kletta and Nia Morris (Welsh speaker)

* Professor Mike Harmer, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Welsh Assembly

* Hash Poormand, Business Development Director Flexicare

Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. It is also ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities by the Times Higher Education (THE).

2008 marks the 125th anniversary of Cardiff University having been founded by Royal Charter in 1883.

Today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities.

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Cardiff School of Medicine

Cardiff University’s School of Medicine is a significant contributor to healthcare in Wales, a major provider of professional staff for the National Health Service and an international centre of excellence for research delivering substantial health benefits locally and internationally. The school’s 800 staff include 500 research and academic staff who teach more than 2,000 students, including 1,110 postgraduate students.

The School is an international leader in basic and clinically applied research activities and scored highly in the most recent Government Research Assessment Exercise. School of Medicine researchers annually win tens of millions of pounds in research awards to work with Government, the healthcare industries and the charitable sector on the most pressing issues of human health.

Further Information:

Professor Judith Hall,

School of Medicine

Tel: 029 20743110

Mobile: 07592785838


Emma Darling

Public Relations

Cardiff University

Tel: 029 20874499