Maitland Hospital has received a new simulation baby thanks to a donation from Suttons Motors.
The motor group made the donation through the Humpty Dumpty Foundation to buy the Advanced Life Support Simulation Baby valued at $7,660 for the emergency department.
The three-month-old mannequin is a portable skill trainer for realistic resuscitation practice. It provides high fidelity training and allows staff more exposure to a vulnerable patient group.
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"If you're in a stressful situation, you can hesitate," Maitland Hospital emergency services director Scott Flannagan said. "This simulates that stressful situation."
"We can practice in a safe environment so we're prepared in a real environment," emergency department clinical nurse educator Kat McCutchan said
Ms McCutchan said the mannequin had been on their wish-list for about a year and would be used on a weekly basis.
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Suttons Motors' charity partnerships manager Lauren Sutton visited the hospital on Friday and said it was great to see the equipment in action.
"It's really nice to see something so tangible," she said. "I can imagine how useful it is."
Suttons Motors is a long-standing supporter of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, which purchases life-saving medical equipment specifically requested by over 400 hospitals and health services across Australia.