28 Jun 2010

New medical training centre to open

6:37 am on 28 June 2010

A new medical training centre will open in Christchurch on Monday, including a state of the art human simulator.

The $500,000 Otago University Simulation Centre resembles a doctor's surgery, hospital ward and emergency department.

The human simulator, named Alex, is a life-like computerised mannequin which can be programmed to simulate problems such as diabetes, heart failure and trauma. It can also speak, bleed and cough.

The students care of the mannequin will be filmed and recorded for training purposes.

Centre director MaryLeigh Moore says it will provide students with training that's as realistic as possible.