Paramedics on the Mid North Coast have welcomed the roll out of a new program, allowing them to practice life-saving procedures on 'simulated' patients.
The program is an initiative between NSW Ambulance and the Hunter Medical Research Institute and provides local ambulance stations with high-tech manikins.
The manikins are designed to simulate a range of life threatening conditions, allowing paramedics to 'treat' the simulated patient and practice complex life-saving procedures which would be rarely performed otherwise.
Paramedic educator Jeff Purse, himself an intensive care paramedic, said the new program will further enhance the high quality care already provided by paramedics on the Mid North Coast.
"The great benefit of this program is that it allows paramedics to regularly practice complex life-saving procedures on these high-tech manikins," Mr Purse said.
"This means that when paramedics need to perform complex procedures in high pressure, life-and-death emergency situations, they feel more comfortable and confident to do so.
"This is a win-win situation for local paramedics and for the patients who rely on them."
Training in the use and roll-out of the technology is taking place on the Charles Sturt University campus at Port Macquarie.
Mr Adam Diamond is a paramedic lecturer at Charles Sturt University who formerly worked as a paramedic for NSW Ambulance for more than 18 years. Mr Diamond welcomed the roll out of such an innovative program.
"This type of technology simply didn't exist when I was working with NSW Ambulance on the Mid North Coast," Mr Diamond said.
"To be able to continuously practice these complex life-saving procedures with your paramedic colleagues - and in the safety of a simulated environment - is only going to result in paramedics feeling more supported and confident."
Director of strategic engagement at Charles Sturt University, Kate Wood-Foye said the university was delighted to be able to assist with the training.
"Charles Sturt University is thrilled to be providing training rooms and facilities to our local emergency service partners, especially for initiatives as positive as this one.'
Following completion of the training taking place in Port Macquarie, NSW Ambulance advises that over 54 percent of the State will have access to these enhanced simulation tools and support," Mrs Wood-Foye said.
"The program will be fully rolled out by September this year, after which time a two year evaluation will be undertaken to measure the efficacy and impact of the program."
Project manager and NSW Ambulance inspector, Craig Thomas, said the roll out had be focused on rural and regional areas.
"To date the rollout of this program has prioritised rural and regional locations as we are committed to supporting our paramedics across all areas of NSW," Mr Thomas said.