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The Gisborne Herald : Cutting edge instruction tool

March 28th, 2017 

Training at Tairawhiti DHB

What you're seeing is not real.

This was part of the preparation for the first NetworkZ training at Tairawhiti DHB. The event was marked with a pouwhiri hosted by the local iwi and hospital staff.  The full day training occurred on 28th March with more than 14 staff members participating over the day.

Mark Peters from the Gisborne Herald interviewed the teams ahead of the training event.

Please click on the link to see the full interview and report.






Image: Attending to the simulator are Gisborne Hospital theatre manager Sharon Patterson (left), NetworkZ programme manager Kaylene Henderson, instructor Jacinta Morrison, anaesthetic technician David Baxendale, nurse Penny Johnstone, anaesthetic technician Nick Roberts and Gisborne Hospital theatre clinical educator and quality co-ordinator Nicola Atwood.  

UniServices Ignition Conference: Unlocking the value of ideas

14th March, 2017

NetworkZ Expose

NetworkZ were invited to present the project at the annual UniServices Conference. The conference focused on innovation and breakign new ground in research, partnerships and technology.

The presentation was given by Kaylene Henderson, Penny Johnstone and Jane Torrie and gave an overview of the programme, progress and innovative elements. Attendees has 12 opportunities throughout the day to attend a short presentation and get hands on with the manikin and surgical model.

Visitors to the talk were impressed with the programme and the surgical models and commitment by ACC to preventative healthcare staff training.

High-tech surgery training pilot rolls out

14th October 2016


Each year patients suffer 1560 treatment injuries, including having the wrong surgery carried out, having objects left in them after an operation, infections and thrombosis.

It costs ACC an average of $10.2 million each year.

But a new training pilot, developed by researchers at the University of Auckland, is being rolled out to district health boards to help reduce the number of injuries.

It's the first such model for improving operating room teamwork, and involves a fully equipped operating theatre and computerised mannequin, which can be controlled to create different surgical scenarios.

"About 10 percent of patients in hospital around the world have an event that's less than optimal, that causes some harm," says lead researcher and specialist anaesthetist, Associate Professor Jennifer Weller....  

  View the Newshub video and article

Simulation training to improve treatment injury prevention

16th December 2015

At the Simulation Centre for Patient Safety at the Tamaki Campus, Professor Ian Civil, ACC Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Professor Jennifer Weller, discuss the advantages of multdisciplinary operating room simulation training that will be rolled out to hospitals next year.

Treatment injury prevention in New Zealand will benefit from a world leading operating room simulation training programme, developed and piloted at the University of Auckland and to be rolled out to hospitals from next year.

The rollout will be funded by ACC and is one of several measures announced today by ACC Minister, Nikki Kaye, as part of an investment in injury treatment prevention in partnership with the health sector.

The NetworkZ team led by Associate Professor Jennifer Weller from the University of Auckland, will lead the initial rollout to District Health Boards.

Training ‘champions’ within each DHB will work with the NetworkZ team to build capacity for the training simulation programme within their hospitals, so that these become ‘business as usual’.

On Tuesday morning Ms Kaye visited the NetworkZ training programme based at the University of Auckland’s Tamaki Campus.

The NetworkZ training programme aims to develop good communication and teamwork between operating room staff and is uniquely multi-disciplinary; including surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and technicians in the operating theatre. An evaluation of the pilot programme showed this training could result in a 14 percent reduction in treatment injuries.

“Injury prevention is an important part of ACC’s role,” says Ms Kaye. “These initiatives to address treatment injuries are testament to how ACC is developing closer relationships with partners, and making better use of the analysis of injury data and evidence-based interventions to help reduce injuries in New Zealand.”

“It’s exciting to be able to rollout this nationally significant simulation training to multi-disciplinary teams, using this cutting edge technology,” she says.

Treatment injury trends show that since 2009, ACC treatment injury claims have increased by 63 percent, from 1.8 claims per 1,000 in 2008/09 to 2.9 in 2014/15.  Costs have also increased by 43 percent, from $264 million in 2008/09 to $379 million in 2014/15.

The MORSim training uses complex, challenging scenarios and very realistic surgical mannequins (which can bleed, breathe and be monitored), real drugs and fluids, real equipment and instruments and realistic patient clinical notes.

At the demonstration for Minister Kaye at the University, Professor Weller and surgeon, Professor Ian Civil, emphasised the importance of training as a team, as opposed to the silo approach where each member – surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses etc – train separately.

“We can provide very realistic and technically sophisticated mannequins that model complex operations and scenarios, such as stab wounds, a leg blown off, or a post-operative deteriorating patient, and monitor how team members respond to these situations,” says Professor Civil.

“This way we can put real situations in front of clinicians for them to practise in a safe setting,” he says. “This cutting edge simulation allows them to practise what they are going to do with real patients and provide the best level of care for people.”


TVNZ One News: World leading research from Simulation Centre for Patient Safety

2nd October 2014

The faculty's Simulation Centre for Patient Safety featured on TVNZ One News.

World-leading work that is being done at the Centre aims to improve communication between all members of surgical theatre teams. The study was led by the Director of the Centre for Medical and Health Science Education, Associate Professor Jennifer Weller with Lecturer in Anaesthesiology, Dr David Cumin and the MORSim study team. 

The NetworkZ study was set up to improve effective team communication with a focus on sharing information among the whole operating room team. The course was designed to give participants a better understanding of the need for information sharing, expose their assumptions, identify stressors and barriers to effective teamwork, and provide a setting in which participants could reflect on their practice and come up with ideas for improved

Shorter hospital stays and reduced complication rates may be the end result of this new team-orientated simulation-based training being pioneered by the SCPS. 

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