1 February 2013
The Grace Research Fund has been given a major boost by a property group, which has donated the final £4,000 needed by Property for Kids to fund a £19,000 state-of-the-art mannequin. The mannequin enhances the training of doctors, nurses and midwives working on the neonatal unit in the emergency management of a sick baby.
The Birmingham-based property professionals group, which organises fundraising events throughout the year to help youngsters in need across the region, handed over the cheque following its Snowball night at the Jam House in the city.
Dr Sarah Ellis, consultant neonatologist at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, said the neonatal simulator would soon be in operation thanks to Property for Kids and the Rowlands Trust, which has donated the other £15,000.
"We are extremely grateful to both organisations for providing the funding for this simulation mannequin," she said.
"This sophisticated full-term baby simulator allows trainees to be exposed to ‘mock’ scenarios and to practice acute practical skills, team working and decision making skills in a ‘safe’ environment.
"With the software in the mannequin we can program high-risk situations into the simulator for junior doctors and nurses to practice, practice, practice so that when they are faced with it in real-life they have some experience.
"We currently use a baby doll which isn't able to do anything so we pretend it is going blue or its heart rate is dropping – but with the mannequin you will see it turning blue and its heart rate going down. We will then be able to review the data to see how the team responded to the events they were faced with.
"This mannequin will be used at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, and we have recently been asked by the paediatric education team at the West Midlands Deanery to train other trainers in the region which means babies across the region will benefit in the future."
Eleanor Deeley from the Grace Research Fund, who works at CBRE in Birmingham, said they were grateful to Property for Kids and the Rowlands Trust for their donations.
She said: "Simulation is used in many areas of medicine to allow junior doctors and nursing staff to practice scenarios which they don't encounter every day in a hospital.
"It is vital they know how to carry out the correct resuscitation procedures on premature babies when an emergency arises and this simulator will help to save lives."
Jilly Cosgrove of Property for Kids said she was pleased the £4,110 raised at their last event of 2012 had been the final piece of the fundraising jigsaw.
"Property for Kids was set up to allow property professionals to come together to have fun and raise funds to help needy children in our region – and this is exactly what this mannequin will be doing," she said.