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Medical students at University of Adelaide were thrown into simulated hospital situations on Thursday, as actors were brought down to immerse students in clinical situations to enhance learning opportunities. 

A number of stations were set up in the University of Adelaide building on Darling Terrace by the Adelaide Health Simulation team, with each one representing a different phase of treatment for a patient.

Senior Lecturer Adam Montagu said the health simulation experience was brought to Whyalla from Adelaide to help benefit students in the country.

“They get to practice dealing with critical emergencies and get feedback on their performance,” he said.

“Either we reinforce what they’re doing if they’re doing the right thing, or we get to correct them if there’s something we can help them improve on.”

One group of students participating in the simulation had to treat a patient that was complaining of pain after coming out of surgery.

The students examined the patient, provided him with oxygen and then medication for the pain. Actor Russell Hutchinson said he felt they did ‘quite well’ when the pressure was on.

Each patient’s journey begins at pre-anesthetic assessment, then the operation room, the recovery room, post-operative area, and finally the patient is flown back to Adelaide simulating a retrieval by MedStar or the Royal Flying Doctors Service.

“The students get to participate in the whole journey, and they can see how all of the pieces fit together,” Mr Montagu said.

“It’s a very comprehensive session, the students love it.”

Mr Montagu said students get the most value out of the debrief session after the simulation has been completed.

“We get to talk openly and honestly about what students can improve,” he said.

“I have the utmost respect for the medical practitioners, nurses and other colleagues who work in a rural medical environment and need to deal with a variety of emergencies.

“We focus our scenarios on those situations.”

Mr Montagu praised Whyalla’s hospitality, saying it was a ‘very relaxing and comfortable’ stay for the Adelaide Health Simulation team.