Photo caption: WGHG Learning and Development team demonstrate the new emergency training mannekins to members of the Rotary Club of Drouin. From left: Rotary Drouin’s Gary Scanlon, WGHG’s Wendy Tilling, Rotary’s Russell Ford, WGHG’s Melissa Pinch and Drouin Rotary’s Terry Blundell.
Training doctors and nurses with real-life simulations

A little family of emergency training manikins has arrived at West Gippsland Hospital to assist staff to improve emergency and clinical skills training.

The equipment, purchased through a donation by the Rotary Club of Drouin and Rotary International, includes a ‘Little Family’ of adult, child and baby models for basic life support and (CPR) training.  A torso for skills practice in the insertion of intravenous lines (IV) for critically unwell patients and a ‘Baby Hippy’ to assist doctors and nurses when checking for newborn hip problems.

WGHG Learning and Development Manager, Sheree Wells, said the equipment has boosted the Hospitals training capabilities.

“We have been working hard to build a dedicated suite of clinical skills training equipment at the Hospital to increase real-time simulated training for staff.”

“It is very exciting. medical, nursing and clinical staff can access realistic hands-on practice with these manikins. The manikins help staff to refine skills in CPR, inserting intravenous lines in patients as well as responding to neonatal and clinical emergencies, to name a few.”

Rotary Club of Drouin President, Russell Ford, said the club was delighted to see the equipment in action.

“Our members are thrilled that the fundraising work they do can be returned to the local community to further the knowledge and skills of hospital staff to improve medical care and save lives.”

WGHG Board Chair, Christine Holland, thanked the Rotary Club of Drouin and International Rotary for their generosity once again.

“The support of the community, individuals, clubs and businesses makes an important contribution to the work our health staff do.”

West Gippsland Hospital is currently running an Annual Equipment Appeal to raise money for six priority pieces of equipment.

“However we know some people may be facing difficult times due to COVID-19 so may not be able to support us this year. For those people or businesses that are in a position to donate, we would be most appreciative of your support as 100% of money raised goes towards medical equipment.

All donations to the West Gippsland Hospital Equipment Appeal are tax deductible.

For more information go to: www.wghg/donate.com.au

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WGHG Public Relations Manager 03 5623 0600