Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Bike mechanic keeps medical education rolling

Bendigo bike mechanic, Mark Slater, presents Adele Callaghan and SimMan with a pump for the simulation centre's wheelchair
A Bendigo bike mechanic has stepped in to help get a medical simulation roadshow to Monash University’s Clayton campus for Open Day on Sunday 7 August.

The Monash Rural Health Bendigo Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre is taking a mannequin to Clayton to demonstrate the learning opportunities available at Monash’s regional training sites. But a trial run became difficult when staff discovered the wheelchair’s tyres were flat and they had no means to pump them up.

Bike mechanic, Mark Slater, said he had fixed many flat wheelchair tyres in his time. “I know how hard it can be for wheelchair users and carers to get around town,” he said. “A simple thing like properly inflated tyres can make life so much easier – even if you’re just moving a training mannequin.”

Senior Lecturer in Clinical skill and Simulation, Adele Callaghan, was delighted with the pump donation. “It’s fabulous to be able to keep all our equipment running properly,” she said.

The simulation learning centre trains medical students from Monash University and the University of Melbourne in clinical skills and simulation patient scenarios before they see patients, and helps hospital staff maintain vital clinical skills. The centre has a simulated ward, a high-fidelity suite that can be set up as a ward, emergency department or surgical theatre, and a range of training aids including sophisticated mannequins.

“SimMan can be used to simulate a range of illnesses and scenarios,” said Ms Callaghan. “He breathes, he has a pulse, he moans, you can hook him up to an intravenous drip. "With the use of aides like this, we provide a safe place for students to learn clinical and important team communication skills.”

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