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Wednesday 29 November 2023 Dublin: 2°C
Loma Linda University A baby mannequin used in training.
practice makes perfect

Doctors to train like airline pilots in simulation centres

The centre will recreate real life clinical scenarios using simulation models.

THE NATIONAL MATERNITY Hospital (NMH) plans to train its doctors just like airline pilots – in simulation centres.

Doctors will model surgical and obstetric emergencies simulated on state-of-the-art equipment and gain enhanced training, according to the hospital. 

The equipment will allow for the simulation of crisis medical scenarios using state-of-the art technology and computerised mannequins to simulate real life situations.

Simulation centre

Here is a simulation centre in the US, which gives an idea of how it works:

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“This project will allow us recreate real life clinical scenarios using simulation models.  This sort of training can help save lives. This increases situational awareness and puts medical teams in situations where they must work together at high speed to resolve issues that arise in an ever changing medical environment,” said Master of Holles Street, Dr Rhona Mahony.

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“It requires space for training, high quality equipment, well-trained instructors, and tailored course material, but is hugely valuable in exposing trainees to the emergencies they are going to have to face.”

Midwives and doctors

She said that in order to continue to produce midwives and doctors who provide the highest standard of care and safety for patients the hospital needs to foster medical education and training.

This additional training comes at a cost. The NMH hopes to pay for the simulation centre with the proceeds they make from their third annual fashion show which is being held on 3 October in the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin.

The event will start a campaign to raise €100,000 to allow completion of the project. Last year’s event led to the raising of €1.5 million, due largely to some substantial donations generated subsequently from attendees at the event, including a single donation of €1.2 million.

Tickets are €100 and can be purchased from 01 637 3372 or

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