The Bellevue Hospital recently received a Resusci Anne simulator doll with help from The Bellevue Hospital Foundation. Resusci Anne, also known as Rescue Anne, is a training mannequin used for teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to emergency and healthcare professionals in both pre-hospital and in-hospital environments.
TBH’s team of certified American Heart Association (AHA) instructors will use the CPR simulator doll to teach hands-on basic life support and advanced cardiovascular life support training.
“Our AHA instructors inquired about the possibility of getting an updated CPR simulator mannequin so our clinical staff could practice critical care skills on a more technically advanced, life-like simulator,” said Carrie Mason, RN, MSN and clinical educator at TBH.
“We reached out to Dennis Sabo, TBH Foundation director, to see if the Foundation could help cover the cost of the Resusci Anne doll. Within two weeks, the Foundation had helped us secure the funding and had it ordered,” continued Mason.
“TBH’s staff does an amazing job educating our clinical workers and keeping them up-to-date with their certifications and continuing education,” said Sabo.
“Since we do most of this education in-house, it saves our employees time and money not having to take these refresher courses outside the hospital. To that end, it is important to keep up with equipment and supplies for that education. CPR simulators cost a minimum of $10,000 and higher – some well over $50,000. The Foundation is delighted to help support this purchase, one that will help train the current generation of healthcare workers and beyond.”
Resusci Anne simulates a wide variety of human vitals and functions including heart rate, respirations, pulse oxygen levels and blood pressure.
The mannequin features a realistic airway which mimics spontaneous breathing and allows staff to practice endotracheal intubation. Resusci Anne’s technology also includes EKG monitoring and allows live defibrillation with automatic heart rhythm changes after defibrillation. With extensive vascular features, the simulator also helps staff practice intravenous insertions.
“We are so thankful to have the Resusci Anne simulator available for staff training,” said Mason. “This tool will help TBH staff improve critical thinking skills and allow them to apply learned theory to hands-on practice.”
For more information on The Bellevue Hospital Foundation and how you can support TBH and the community, visit tbhfoundation.com.