Published on 3 June 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast has installed an impressive $80,000 ambulance simulator to help train its Paramedic Science students.
The fully-fitted primary response ambulance simulator is the first of its kind to be installed at a university in Queensland.
USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the state-of-the-art simulator would complement the extensive on-road ambulance training that Paramedic Science students receive from the Queensland Ambulance Service.
“Most universities use de-commissioned ambulance vehicles for this type of training on campus,” he said. “But the vehicles can be expensive to maintain, register, insure and operate.
“Our ambulance simulator has virtually no running costs and, most importantly, is identical to the environment that our Paramedic Science students will find themselves in at some point in their degree and future careers.”
USC’s Associate Professor of Paramedic Science Bill Lord said the ambulance simulator, constructed by Mader International, was well designed to give students practical experience.
“The simulation ambulance is a fully functioning, stationary, specially constructed module, which includes all emergency equipment and accessories,” he said.
“Its installation means we can reproduce the work environment and the way in which work is performed by paramedics in a confined space. When you have to look after sick patients, this confined space becomes an important determinant in the effectiveness of care.”
Second-year Paramedic Science student Krystie Peters said she was both excited and nervous about using the new ambulance simulator.
“It’s fantastic to have something like this on campus because you don’t realise just how small the space you have to operate in is until you get inside the van,” she said.
“I’m hoping to become a flight paramedic so I need all the practical, real life experience I can get to make sure I graduate with the skills to be able to save lives and preserve the health of patients.”
— Jessica Halls