Allied Health Students recently visited the Royal Melbourne Hospital to participate in the ‘Med-E-Sim’ program as part of their Year 12 studies. Students were excited to be given a tour of the Intensive Care Ward where they were able to see and interact with real patients who are experiencing life-saving care at the cutting edge of medicine.

The ICU also has an Isolation Room that is equipped to deal with deadly infectious disease outbreaks such as Ebola. They were also given the opportunity to tour the very busy Emergency Department and were treated to a tour led by one of the Consultant ED Doctors who explained how the department runs, skills and qualities required to work in this field and a detailed overview of the types of patients and conditions that frequent this high-level trauma centre.

Following this students were rotated through a number of practical simulation stations where they practiced inserting intravenous cannulas into prosthetic arms, triaged patients, diagnosed life-threatening conditions, practiced first-aid skills and life-saving CPR. Finally, the students heard from a panel of nurses, doctors and allied health specialists who shared their respective journeys into the medical field and answered questions about what a life in health care would be like.

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