Anaesthetists Improve Skills Thanks to Life Size Robotic Patient

Anaesthetic staff at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) are now able to improve their skills thanks to a life-size robotic patient. Staff in the Royal Stoke University Hospital’s Anaesthetic Academic Unit can now simulate procedures and practice on the SimMan 3G, which was funded thanks to a grant from the Denise Coates Foundation to UHNM Charity. 

Dr Lloyd Craker, UHNM Consultant Anaesthetist, said: “SimMan 3G is able to display a wide range of physiological and neurological symptoms as well as pharmacological responses to almost 150 different drugs. It enables us to provide simulation training on specialities including point of care ultrasound, advanced ventilation management and patient monitoring.” As well as being able to talk through microphones, SimMan has eyes that open and close with responsive pupils and it is able to cry, sweat and pass water. It has realistic cardiac and abdominal sounds, and can also simulate bleeding and convulsions.

The funding has also enabled the Anaesthetic Department to purchase a range of respiratory and ultrasound training equipment.

Dr Craker added: “The response to the pandemic means different ways of working to protect the safety of our patients in these high-risk environments. This training equipment is essential for that. Much of our previous training equipment was old, outdated and very much overused. This new equipment provides our staff with experience, competence and confidence.”

The Denise Coates Foundation’s generosity in providing the funds for this state of the art training equipment will benefit the training of many junior anaesthetists and other healthcare staff for years to come and we thank them most sincerely.

If you would like to fundraise for UHNM Charity visit www.uhnmcharity.org.uk for more information, or call 01782 676444 to speak to one of the UHNM Charity team.