Simulation suit recreates conditions facing older patients
Staff at two leading teaching hospitals have donned an innovative ageing simulation suit which enables them to experience life as an older person.
Nurses and colleagues at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in central London wore the suit, one of only three in use in the NHS, to gain a better understanding of the challenges facing older patients.
It was specifically developed to reduce movement, hearing and vision to simulate the everyday conditions facing many elderly people.
They also trained using the centre’s SimMan - a talking, breathing, blinking computer-controlled ‘manikin’ which creates scenarios common on older care wards - and staged scenes alongside actors posing as patients and relatives.
Heidi Jensen, of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, said the groundbreaking two-week experiential training programme would help build the specific skills required to care for older patients with complex needs.