Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town has opened the doors to Africa's first safety simulation ward.
The Safety in Health Simulation Centre will promote safe practices in healthcare working environments and serve as training facility for healthcare workers.
The project is a collaborative partnership between medical technology company Beckton Dickinson, Groote Schuur and the University of Cape Town (UCT).
Candidate health professionals will be able to practice medical procedures & emergencies in the centre.
Ian Wakefield, the country general manager of Beckton Dickinson says the ward will teach important procedures and provide the necessary tools to inculcate a culture of safety.
He explains that the ward includes lifelike models of patients that can be used to train doctors on resuscitation, drip insertion and the administering of therapy.
Enjoyed going back to my roots as a resus #simulation participant this AM for the launch of the renovated #UCT healthcare education & sim ward at Groote Schuur. Celebrating #patientsafety in African style! Thanks @HealThink for the invite 😉 @bad__EM - Marimbas next #bademfest18? pic.twitter.com/LP26PV4m85— Ross Hofmeyr (@rosshofmeyr) March 26, 2018
Healthcare workers are exposed to more risks than we think.— Ian Wakefield, Country General Manager at Becton Dickinson
The culture of safety is important to ensure that they have the right tools to do their roles and the right training to deliver effective clinical outcomes for their patients.— Ian Wakefield, Country General Manager at Becton Dickinson
The advantage of having life-like dummies is practicing the procedure and being very comfortable.— Ian Wakefield, Country General Manager at Becton Dickinson
Practice, before you get to the patient, leads to a better outcome.— Ian Wakefield, Country General Manager at Becton Dickinson
Take a listen to Ian Wakefield elaborate:
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