Education Equipment donated to RNSH ICU by The Northcare Foundation


In 2018, The Northcare Foundation made a further donation for the purchase of:

  • A breathing simulator ($58,000)

This state-of-the-art lung simulator is the first to be used in an Intensive Care Unit in Australia and New Zealand. It can be used in conjunction with our simulation manikin or on its own with a ventilator. It allows us to simulate complex respiratory illnesses, which are a commonly encountered challenge in the Intensive Care Unit.

  • A new camera for the Northcare Simulation Centre ($6,500)

This high definition pan-tilt-zoom camera has added a great deal of detail and flexibility to the viewing and recording of our simulation scenarios.

  • A pacemaker simulator ($3,500)

This simulator has allowed us to train nursing and medical staff at the bedside and on courses in the use of temporary cardiac pacemakers.


The Northcare Foundation made a generous donation in 2014, allowing for the purchase of:

  • SimMan Essentials simulation manikin with vital signs monitor and audio-visual system allowing for recording and remote viewing ($102,000)

This equipment was used to establish The Northcare Simulation Centre, a state-of-the-art facility in a working bed-space in the ICU. Our manikin, ‘Ned’ is used on a regular basis, for weekly interprofessional simulation training, trainee and nursing education sessions and courses. He is still going strong. It is estimated that he is used for 100 scenarios per year, by 5-10 participants, meaning that he has been used to teach approximately 3000 nurses, doctors and allied health professionals. He has been used all over the hospital including in the angiography suite and CT scanner for training with other teams and specialities. The audio-visual system has been invaluable, allowing viewing of scenarios by large audiences, recording of scenarios and even the transmission of a live simulation to the Kolling Building during a Grand Rounds presentation.

  • An upgrade to our existing resuscitation manikin ($5000)

‘Benny’ was upgraded to make his functionality infinitely better. He is used regularly to teach basic and advanced life support.

  • Airway management trainer ($3,500)
  • Nasogastric tube and Tracheostomy trainer ($3,500)
  • Bronchoscopy trainer ($4,000)
  • Difficult airway trainer ($4,000
  • Chest Drain trainer ($4,000)
  • Central Line trainer ($5,000)

These task trainers are used regularly as part of in-house education and during the delivery of courses for both internal and external delegates. Some of them are used for the competency assessment of junior doctors and nurses, making our training more efficient.


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