Operations Simulator For West Herts Doctors & Nurses

Doctors and nurses at hospitals in Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St Albans are going to be able to safely act out major incidents or critical trauma cases - without a drop of blood shed, or a stitch needed.

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been awarded more than £800,000 to invest in patient safety projects.

The successful bids for funding came as part of West Herts NHS Trust's commitment to the national patient safety campaign 'Sign up to Safety', which aims to strengthen safety across the whole NHS.

Benefits for patients will include:

"    Portable monitoring machines (Cardiotocographs) in the Maternity department, which will enable women to be safely monitored during labour even when they are mobile. The machine measures the baby's heart rate and mother's contractions and indicates whether any intervention is required, without the need for the mother to lie down;

"    The establishment of a dedicated simulation unit in the Medical Education Centre which will enable clinical staff to receive training on managing critical and adverse events via the use of computer generated mannequins and cameras which will mimic real-life scenarios;

"    Providing doctors, nurses and other clinical staff, with new technology, like computer tablets, to enable them to have access to all the information they need while at the patient's bedside, including test results.

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