Video: Practising lifesaving skills on living dolls

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medics gather around a desperately ill young patient, carrying out lifesaving treatment.

But this isn’t a real child – despite the fact that the “patient” can breathe, speak, blink and even receive drugs and fluids.

A premature baby simulator at the LGI. PIC: Tony Johnson

A premature baby simulator at the LGI. PIC: Tony Johnson

The team are simulating an emergency situation thanks to two new hi-tech mannequins now in use at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

Two new Sim Baby Manikins have been bought, costing a total of £42,250, by Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal.

Clinicians asked for the advanced equipment to allow doctors and nurses to practice their skills on realistic patients.

Paediatric anaesthetist Sharon Johnston said the dolls behaved just as a real child would do, so medical workers could look at every aspect of their condition.

“When someone comes to assess a patient, they have to assess everything. Everything they see is what we would be expecting.

“It’s amazing what the mannequins can do.”

Other baby mannequins were already in use in Leeds, and across Yorkshire, but the new ones – designed to represent a one-year-old and a three-year-old – are new additions.

Dr Johnston added: “It’s advantageous to the patients, the staff and the hospitals trust as well.

“It’s risk-free for the patient and some critical interventions can be practised time and time again.”

She added that only 10 per cent of information given through lectures was retained – but with simulations the figure is 90 per cent.”

Aly Kemp, lead paediatric resuscitation officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “This funding is absolutely brilliant.

“We’ve been down in paediatric A&E and we set up a scenario where a little one was fitting, and the mannequin fits.

“We call the doctors in as though it’s a real emergency. They do it in real time.

“If the team ask for drugs or fluids, they have to be drawn up.

“We give them blood test results and x rays, and it’s as real as it can be.”

She said the mannequins also enable them to work out better ways of treating patients or of locating equipment.

Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal funds equipment and improvements at the hospital, based at Leeds General Infirmary.

AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert.

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