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Waitemata’s Resus Trainers Top In Country

02 DECEMBER 2003

Waitemata’s Resus Trainers Top In Country

It’s official - Waitemata DHB has the top resuscitation trainers in the country.

The skill of the eight-person team was recognised at a recent New Zealand Resuscitation Council (NZRC) conference in Wellington where the Duncan Galletly New Zealand Resuscitation Council Health Professional Instructor trophy was awarded for the first time.

The NZRC is a national voluntary body which represents all major providers of resuscitation including Australasian colleges of medical specialists, anaesthetists, surgeons, and GPs, the cardiac society, the Cot Death Association, Defence Forces, New Zealand Nurses Organisation, paediatric society, Private Training Providers, St John, Red Cross, Surf Life Saving new Zealand, Royal Life Saving Society and Ambulance Education Council.

The trophy is named after Duncan Galletly, an Associate Professor in Anaesthesia at the Wellington School of Medicine who established a national framework for health professional training in resuscitation in 2001.

The winning team includes North Shore Hospital’s emergency care centre (ECC) charge nurse Gary Jenkins, emergency medicine specialist Dr Gabrielle Schneider, emergency medicine consultants Dr Andrew Ewens, Rob Everrit, and Duncan Reid; cardiologists Drs Tony Scott and Guy Armstrong and Waitemata’s resuscitation resource co-ordinator Suz Peeperkorn.

Mrs Peeperkorn, who is based at North Shore Hospital, says the trophy recognises the standard of teaching in the advanced Level 4 to 7 workshops, specifically designed for health professionals.

The advanced level of resuscitation requires knowledge of specialist medical equipment and life-saving drugs.

“Within Waitemata we use it to train doctors and senior nurses in specialised units such as coronary care, intensive care, gastro and the emergency care centre, or any other clinical staff who request it,” she says.

Trainers throughout New Zealand were assessed through feedback from workshop participants as well as through spot NZRC audits throughout the year.

North Shore Hospital was the first hospital in the country to offer this level of specialist resuscitation training when it was first made available by NZRC in 2001. The hospital continues to update staff annually, although only three-yearly certification is required.

ECC manager Jay Behrouz-Pirnia says the trophy will be displayed prominently in the emergency care centre, as it is important the public know that professionals who receive the best training available in New Zealand are caring for them.

“What I find remarkable is that the team achieved this status with the bare minimum of equipment and resource. We have no defined space, no facility and no admin support,” he says.

However, the resus training team should find their jobs a bit easier in the future with the recent donation of equipment sponsored by the New Zealand Community Trust.

Mrs Peeperkorn says thanks to the generosity of the trust, the team has now acquired more than $30,000 worth of equipment, which will allow them to continue training successfully.

The items include an advanced life support baby trainer, simulator and resuscitator, a ‘Little Anne’ manikin for training in defibrillation and resuscitation of children, an adult manikin with a fully computerised advanced cardiac life support training system and resuscitator, and an airway management trainer.

“We want to say thanks to the North Shore Hospital Foundation and the suppliers, Laerdal NZ.”

Executive director of the foundation Jane Hunter says further resuscitation and assessment equipment donations are planned with the aim of building a specialist clinical learning laboratory at the hospital.

“The next items we’ll be seeking sponsorship for are a Nursing Anne worth around $17,000, which is a fully interactive assessment tool, a Megacode Kid worth around $13,000 for advanced paediatric resuscitation and eventually a portable interactive patient simulator for medical staff called a Sim Man, worth around $100,000.”

Ms Hunter says Sim Man acts as a virtual patient and can be made to demonstrate a range of symptoms, can undergo ‘virtual’ operations and can even make appropriate sounds, indicating pain or discomfort.


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