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Simulation Centre Brings Sports Trauma to Life for Hertfordshire Students

Sports Trauma is an essential component of a Society accredited Sports Therapy degree programme and so we were delighted to hear about the Sports Therapy students at the University of Hertfordshire who are very fortunate to have access to the University’s state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centre complete with computerised, mechanical mannequins.

Senior Sports Therapy Lecturer Rachel Haskew got in touch and told us about a group of students who undertook a four hour practical within the Simulation Centre, involving four different trauma scenarios. These covered a large amount of the module content, in order to test the students and prepare them for their final practical assessment.

The practical session was part of the Sports Trauma Management module for second year students, which was created to cover a number of new trauma management competencies that were put in place by the Society. Having previously used more basic mannequins, the adult 'advanced life support' mannequins helped to make each scenario more realistic. The mannequins can be controlled by a computer, which means that specific signs and symptoms can be inputted; the mannequin’s pulse rate and/or breathing can change at any point during the session, giving the students a more life-like experience.

The traumas presented to the students included a head injury and a pneumothorax, with each scenario being filmed and streamed to an observation room. This allowed other students to watch how each group dealt with the situation presented to them and both analyse and learn from the approach taken.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the session and their feedback was very positive. They felt ‘far more confident in handling a real-life casualty, and significantly more prepared for the exam’, as one student said, while others thought that both the added pressure of being filmed and being able to give and receive feedback on each scenario made it a useful experience.

Here’s what some of the students had to say:

Luke Woodford

The Sim Centre was a great way to practise; the manikins were much more life-like and more realistic so that was good to practise on, nothing bad about it. It gave more stress to the module and situation but that was also a positive as that'll be what it'll be like if working at a club. I’d  like to spend more time in there for practise.’

India Wayland

I really liked the Sim Centre! Although it was nerve wracking knowing the whole class was watching you on a screen but it was a lot better than standing up in front of everyone and doing it - once you were in the room you forgot the fact people were watching which I found helpful! I was hesitant to do it but so glad I did. For the last scenario I think just having that experience with a more life-like Annie will help in the exam

Leslie Smith

After having completed the session in the Simulation Centre I feel far more confident in my ability to handle a real-life casualty, and significantly more prepared for the exam.

Using the observation room added a great dynamic as well - being able to see every scenario and additionally giving/receiving feedback was very useful.

Kate Walker

I thought it was a really good thing to be involved in. I reckon being in the centre more would probably be beneficial towards actual real life (even though the exam uses the other mannequins).

Philippa Rainbow

I thought the Sim room was amazing! I learnt so much from it and I felt it was so beneficial whether it was taking part or watching in the other room.

Sean O’Sullivan

Definitely benefitted from the added pressure of being filmed; a new environment and the mannequins being more life-like. Plus it was much more real in terms of calling for help and 999.

To view an example of one of the scenarios, follow the link below. Please remember that it is a training exercise only and view in the context in which it was created.

Scenario 1:

In this scenario, the students are covering an U18s football match when a 17 year old male suffers a sudden cardiac arrest. The patient is unresponsive and unable to speak.

The password to access the video is sportstherapy.

Posted: 19 09 2017

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