Understanding CPR is a crucial part of the nurse's knowledge. But have you ever attempted resuscitation and found it to be side-splittingly funny?
So far, the highlight of this semester has been the practice of caring for the critically ill patient. But we were not let loose in ITU, HDU or indeed theatres to hone our skills. In fact, we were not required to go anywhere near a real person. The genius of modern technology has meant we can practice critical nursing care from the comfort of the classroom.
Enter "Danny"; an advanced piece of technological equipment designed to increase one's confidence and management ability of the critically ill patient. Gone are the days of standing over a limbless plastic dummy. Danny not only has all four limbs but also presents with radial/carotid pulses, his chest moves as he breathes, and - best of all - he speaks, therefore causing a group of third year nursing students to get the giggles. It certainly didn't help when Danny explained, "I don't feel very well. I think I've got a rash" in a Yorkshire accent!
Who knew CPR could be so entertaining?!