COVID-19 simulations invaluable to Southern DHB

A COVID-19 simulation in action at the Dunedin Public Hospital
A COVID-19 simulation in action at the Dunedin Public Hospital
A state-of-the-art manikin and a multi-service team of medical professionals are proving invaluable in Southern DHB’s fight against COVID-19.
Led by Southern DHB Emergency Department consultant and Otago Clinical Skills Laboratories Director Dr Ohad Dar and Otago Clinical Skills Laboratories Clinical Coordinator Paul Medeiros, along with a network of educators and clinicians, this coordinated effort has seen a series of COVID-19 ‘real life’ clinical simulations run over the last month.

“The last few months have been extremely demanding on front line staff due to the significant changes in our work environment and normal pathways,” says Dr Dar.

“We have taken this opportunity to provide simulation-based education for many of our frontline health workers, so they can adapt to change and feel confident in managing a range of scenarios.”
The simulation training sessions are made up of health workers from different services including ED, Anaesthetics, ICU, Nursing, Medical, Orderlies, St John, and Infection Control.
In each session, they are presented with a different COVID-19 scenario to work through, including transporting a patient with significant respiratory distress, patient flow through hospitals, intubation, and communication between team members wearing PPE.
After each simulation, the team comes together for an extensive debrief, providing a list of workarounds and recommendations to the COVID-19 Response Planning teams.

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