He may look like a stuffed toy dog, but Lazarus cost in excess of £2,000 because, as well as vaguely resembling an Airedale terrier, he is a CPR mannequin used to provide invaluable training to clinical staff.
He may look like a stuffed toy dog, but Lazarus cost in excess of £2,000 because, as well as vaguely resembling an Airedale terrier, he is a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) mannequin used to provide invaluable training to clinical staff.
The mannequin, purchased recently by Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service in Solihull, is similar to the well known ‘Resusci Anne‘ training mannequins used to teach life saving CPR in humans, but with a number of additional features, including the ability to intubate the trachea, ventilate his chest, perform cardiac massage and even simulate a pulse.
The Willows veterinary team regulary deal with critically ill patients and have two fully stocked crash trolleys and two defibrillators for use in the event of a real life emergency, so ongoing training for all staff who may be involved with the resuscitation of a patient is vital.
All clinical staff receive instruction in CPR from the service’s specialist anaesthetists at least once a year, while intermittent role play at opportune times helps to boost staff confidence and skill levels. Lazarus can also be used at other times to train staff to safely place jugular and peripheral intravenous catheters.
By training staff in this way, the centre ensures that it meets (and exceeds) current guidelines in both veterinary and human medicine.
However, as well as keeping their own staff up-to-date, Willows’ anaesthetists and Lazarus will be taking to the road in 2012, visiting local veterinary practices to help train more veterinary personnel in these vital, life-saving procedures.
- For further details of Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service or Lazarus’ forthcoming tour, call 0121 712 7070.