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HIOWAA’s Critical Care Team will benefit from a new immersive simulation training facility at the charity’s airbase in Thruxton, near Andover.

This impressive piece of technology is able to project a series of mock incident scenes, complete with movement and sound. The Team are currently able to simulate a multitude of different training environments; from a busy nightclub to a Hampshire forest.

HIOWAA’s Consultant Paramedic, Els Freshwater, commented ‘This exciting piece of equipment allows us to safely practice many of the skills that are required of a critical care team. At a recent training day we were able to simulate a number of scenarios, including a patient who had fallen in a forest, a cyclist who had been knocked off a bicycle on a busy road and a pedestrian who had been hit by a van in a residential area.’

Valuable learning takes place, not only during the scenarios, but also in the subsequent debrief, giving the Team time to reflect on their performance and how things might have been done differently if a similar situation had occurred in ‘real life’.

The Team are currently able to simulate a multitude of different training environments; from a busy nightclub to a Hampshire forest.

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