WestConnex grant drives training at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead

5 Sep 2018

Nursing and medical staff at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead are benefiting from the delivery of new simulation technology which is providing staff with essential training for real-life emergencies.

Sydney Motorway Corporation CEO Dennis Cliche said The Children’s Hospital at Westmead was successful in receiving a WestConnex Community Grant which had enabled funding for the vital software which is being used by up to 180 nurses and around 25 junior doctors as part of regular training.

“As we continue to build WestConnex, the Community Grant Scheme is one of a series of initiatives which aims to deliver lasting positive outcomes for communities in Western Sydney and along the project corridor,” Mr Cliche said.

“A high proportion of patients who are treated at the hospital are based in Western Sydney, and we’re thrilled to be supporting PICU by funding the new iSimulate software which will help to serve this growing community.”

David Harper, PICU Acting Nurse Manager said the iSimulate equipment enables the creation of realistic simulation scenarios in order to train staff to prepare for emergency situations.

“The iSimulate equipment which has been generously donated by WestConnex allows our medical and nursing staff the opportunity to train and learn how to respond to life threatening situations which affect the children we look after, within a safe and controlled environment,” Mr Harper said.

“We take real life scenarios such as a child who has been in a motor vehicle accident or cardiac arrest and use the software to simulate the emergency so we can train our team and ensure they’re ready for the real thing.

“This essential equipment is an integral part of our PICU training which allows our team to focus on teamwork and medical technical skills, helping to better prepare our medical practitioners and nurses.

“The funding provided by WestConnex is critical to improving the services we offer for sick children and investing in advanced technology like the iSimulate equipment will go a long way towards improved patient care,” Mr Harper said.

The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead cares for the sickest children across New South Wales and is one of more than 180 WestConnex Community Grant Scheme recipients who are delivering a host of important initiatives across western Sydney.

Medical and nursing staff look at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead look after more than 80,000 sick children and their families each year.