The University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Royal Philips have joined forces to inaugurate a state-of-the-art lab, which will contribute to the hands-on training of medical students in South Africa by providing accurate simulations in imitated medical emergency settings.
Philips said this week that the Simulation Lab project is part of its ambition to improve the quality of healthcare in South Africa through meaningful solutions, innovations and partnerships.
The lab, which is located in the premises of UJ, has been equippedwith medical equipment and diagnostic devices intended to facilitate the exposure of emergency care students and academic staff to current medical technologies and adequately prepare them to operate under a pressurised and intense work environment.
The Simulation Lab is divided into four wards: an ambulance simulation room, an emergency department representing casualty simulation, a general ward and an intensive care unit (ICU).
University departments of Emergency Medical Care, Biomedical Technology, Nursing and Radiology will benefit from the training at the new Simulation Lab.
“It is important that students have a fully incorporated curriculum with simulation as a key component of teaching and assessment. Up until recently, staff and students made use of classrooms that were not purposefully designed for simulation-based learning,” Dr Craig Lambert, UJ head of the Department of Emergency Medical Care department, said.