Skills-Lab: Training for emergencies
= ". images / 1c5c5dad133ec9d8914cdd1971ba3e6e.png ">Simulators are finding their way into medical training: medical students can use them to practice standard situations and how to behave in emergencies. Cardiovascular arrest, an acute emergency: the patient lies on the floor, the rescue team rushes into the room. The pulse cannot be felt, pupil reaction? Unavailable! The team begins with the resuscitation: chest compressions and ventilation, first through the nose, then through resuscitator. Still no heartbeat! Now all that's left is defibrillation. After the first burst of electricity, the heart begins to rain again! What is an emergency in real life and gets the pulse of experienced doctors up is realistic exercise in the Skills Lab at the University Clinic in Cologne. So realistic that the student rescue workers break sweat. We try to make our models and simulations as complex and realistic as possible, says the head of the skills lab, Christoph Stosch, explaining the facility's claim. With Resusci-Anne, the realistic doll, students and young doctors can practice resuscitation. The models are also available to doctors in further training. For example, young anesthesiologists train on the so-called Meti-Man, simulator for anesthesia and incidents of anesthesia. In pilot project, nursing staff are currently being trained on appropriate models for vense blood collection, because they are to do this from doctors in the near future.
Are there pulse and breathing noises? In Cologne, students can practice resuscitation of patients without fear. Photos: Christoph Wanko