Mannequin trains Katherine doctors to save lives

MEDICAL EDUCATION: Mani Randhawa, a junior doctor at Katherine Hospital has intubated before, but practicing intubation skills improves his clinical care.
MEDICAL EDUCATION: Mani Randhawa, a junior doctor at Katherine Hospital has intubated before, but practicing intubation skills improves his clinical care.

The Katherine Hospital’s Pediatric Ward has received a generous donation which will see junior doctors better equipped to save young lives. 

The Humpty Dumpty Foundation and TIO (Territory Insurance Office) donated a Paediatric Intubation Trainer Mannequin valued at $4050 to the Paediatric Ward, today. 

The trainer mannequin will allow medical staff at Katherine Hospital to train on airway management procedures to provide a better level of care for acutely ill children who are at risk of deteriorating.

Medical staff, and especially junior doctors, will have the opportunity to practice intubation skills and reduce the chances of error in real life situations.

Director of nursing Chris Evans said the new training mannequin will make a big difference to Katherine Hospital, a hospital that focuses on education. 

“We really appreciate TIO and Humpty Dumpty for donating the mannequin .

“It is important (for medical staff) to have these skills before being faced with a real life situation. 

“The model is very life like, when you get that tube in place the model will behave like a human body,” Ms Evans said. 

TIO senior manager – general insurance claims Margaret Pratten, director of nursing Chris Evans, ward manager Rebecca McLellan and acting GM of Top End health, Katherine region Anne Sheales at the Katherine Hospital today.

TIO senior manager – general insurance claims Margaret Pratten, director of nursing Chris Evans, ward manager Rebecca McLellan and acting GM of Top End health, Katherine region Anne Sheales at the Katherine Hospital today.

Mani Randhawa, a junior doctor in his second week at Katherine’s Pediatric Ward, said the mannequin would provide good practice for when he would be faced with real clinical situations. 

“Things work smoothly when you are familiar with your equipment and the environment around you. Any practice is always helpful,” he said.

The training mannequin was requested by a previous ward manager and came to the attention of TIO senior manager – general insurance claims Margaret Pratten and TIO senior motor assessor Adrian Smith. 

TIO sold chocolates and drinks to their staff and contributed a large sum to generate the money for the donation, Margaret Pratten said.  

“It came to our attention the Katherine Hospital needed training equipment. It is a great cause and our staff were very passionate about it,” Ms Pratten said. 

“TIO’s support of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and the local community in which they operate is immeasurable. Their support of families in Katherine means children have access to the latest life-saving medical equipment,” Humpty Dumpty Foundation Founder and Executive Chairman Paul Francis said.

“I applaud this contribution to Katherine Hospital as it demonstrates TIO’s commitment to the wider community,” he said. 

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