Emergency staff try out new department ahead of move into Brunel building

Thursday, 1 May 2014

The new Brunel building at Southmead Hospital dealt with its first emergency cases as A&E staff took part in a simulated run-through.

The two trauma patients were manikins brought into the department to help the team find their way around the North Bristol NHS Trust hospital before it opens next month.

The exercise saw the first ambulance pulling up outside the Brunel‘s emergency department  with a crew from South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWASFT) joining trust staff in testing processes within the new building.

Trauma staff and ambulance staff with patient in CT scanning room during emergency exercise

The simulation saw two trauma patients being brought into the emergency department and handed over by the ambulance crew.

About 40 people were involved in the exercise, including trauma team members, emergency department nursing staff, porters, blood transfusion staff, intensive care unit staff and emergency theatre teams.

Teams enacted their usual roles from the moment the manikin patients came through the doors, talking through what they were doing for the benefit of colleagues who were observing.

The first patient was taken straight into the CT scan room located within the department before the ambulance crew took them into the resus area.

Another trauma patient manikin arrived shortly after as part of the exercise and required immediate resuscitation with blood products and activation of the major haemorrhage protocols.

Doctors, nurses and porters walked and talked through the process they would with a real patient, taking the manikin into X-ray, theatres and then on to the ICU.

It was a chance for the team to find their way around their new department – which transfers from Frenchay on May 19 – and establish where key items and equipment will be stored.

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care at North Bristol NHS Trust, Curtis Whittle, said: "The event was designed to test the new emergency care pathway for patients in Brunel, using trauma patients as a good example. We used the opportunity to orientate consultants from across the region who occasionally work in the hospital, plus our own NBT emergency staff. Many important learning points were identified and practices honed to enable real trauma patients to receive first rate care from the moment ED and the Major Trauma Centre opens on Monday 19th May"

SWASFT’s operational manager for North Bristol, Dave Manners, said: “This was a great opportunity for SWASFT to get a feel for the new department to ensure all our staff are as fully briefed as possible prior to the opening.

“Partnership simulations like this only ever serve to benefit patients by ensuring we are well practiced at delivering the seamless care our patients deserve.”

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