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Learning lifesaving skills during the open day at Sheffield Children's Hospital

Learning lifesaving skills during the open day at Sheffield Children's Hospital

Sixth formers found out what it takes to be part of a lifesaving team during a study day at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Students from schools and colleges across Sheffield learned how to manage a patient’s breathing, attempted keyhole surgery on a simulator and practiced treating cuts by using special glue on banana skins.

The teenagers were also invited to take part in two scenarios using advanced mannequins which recreate a variety of emergencies.

Val Kellett, clinical skills and simulation trainer, said: “The study days are a fantastic opportunity for those interested in pursuing a healthcare career to practise skills in the same environment as the clinicians that work here.

“Places always fill up fast and there has been some great feedback.”

A range of staff - including A&E consultants, surgeons, nurses, anaesthetists and oncologists - were on hand to answer questions about their careers and suggest ways of finding work in their respective fields.

The open day for students was the fourth event of its kind to be held at the hospital.

 

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