Smart dummies train nurses

Tuesday 28 January 2014

Jummy Dawodu puts a bed sock on a mainikin's foot

Senior nurses are brushing up their basic nursing skills by practising on manikins in the simulation centre at St Thomas'.

The course, which includes taking temperatures using a sensor that fits inside the ear and fitting dressings, has proven to be invaluable.

Jummy Dawodu, Head of Community Children's Services in Lambeth and Southwark, says: "Some of us trained before this equipment even existed and nursing has changed since then. It's great to be able to go back to basics and get a fresh taste of the latest techniques.” 

Staff also have the opportunity to step into the shoes of older people by wearing an ageing simulation suit. The suit has weighted wristbands and armbands that make their joints stiff, a back support to simulate curvature of the spine due to osteoporosis, ear plugs to make hearing difficult, and goggles to reduce vision.

Jummy says: "The training course reminded me what 'good' looks like so that I ensure my team provides the very best care."

Last updated: January 2014

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