Nursing Bays

Nursing Bays

The Simulation Centre consists of two nursing bays designed to emulate current NHS specifications. The Nursing Bays provide students with a valuable insight into working in an authentic hospital setting.

The two ward areas in the Simulation Centre, namely Bay one and Bay two, are separated by a preparation area and a sluice room and laundry area. Bay one has an additional nurses station with an ‘L-shaped’ counter to create a realistic working environment for all health professionals.

Both wards are fully equipped with the facilities you would expect to see in a working hospital with drugs trolleys, sepsis trolleys, crash trolleys and four ArjoHuntleigh beds with accompanying patient lockers, side cabinets and nurse call handsets in each bay. Bay One has a nurses station with an ‘L-shaped’ counter.

The Nursing Bays have a mix of four CAE wireless iStan simulators, 2 Gaumard Susie simulators, 2 Laerdal MegaCode Kellys, 2 Sakura Patient Care Simulators and several Laerdal Nursing Anne manikins, to help develop each student’s clinical skills.

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Simulator Equipment

There is a variety of infusion pumps available such as Agilia, Gemstar, Graseby and Alaris, plus several Dinamaps. An array of manual handling equipment is available such as two Mangar ELK Lifting Cushions and several types of Arjo Hoists (a Tenor bariatric hoist, three Opera hoists, three Sara Stedys and two Sara 3000s). 

The Centre also has 

  • two Benmore Bariatric Suits. They are training aids that allow the student nurses to develop specialist skills that are required to manage a bariatric patient by allowing them to practise techniques within a safe simulation environment i.e. without facing the multiple weight related risks. For example, practising moving and handling techniques without endangering themselves and tutors/students can experience moving and handling from a patient’s perspectiveIt comprises of arms, torso and legs sections, which allows students to experience the mobility restrictions of an obese patient. By using different attachments, the student can simulate either an 'apple' or a 'pear’ shaped bariatric person. 
  • two GERonTological “GERT” Age Simulation Suit Suits that provide opportunities for the students to experience the impairments of older persons. The suit can allow students to empathise with the older patient and put themselves in that situation thus promoting a better comprehension of the physical condition of an elderly person. The age-related impairments are various eye problems (e.g. glaucoma), high-frequency hearing loss (e.g. tinnitus), head mobility restrictions (cervical collar), joint stiffness/restricted mobility and heavy arms and legs (loss of strength), hand restriction (gloves simulating arthritis/ altered grip) with a tremor simulator, overshoes for an unsteady gait, hemiparesis simulator, knee pain simulators and back pain simulator.