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Clinical laboratories

Students learn in the most highly developed nursing, midwifery and paediatric laboratories on the East coast of Australia, thanks to a $5 million upgrade in 2011.  From the start of their degree, students become familiar with clinical practice environments, with 16 labs that are purpose-built to simulate hospital settings.

Come and check out our labs at an information event.

Learning spaces

The Clinical Practice Laboratories are engineered to be flexible learning spaces. Scrub rooms open onto clinical spaces furnished with patient beds and a wide variety of medical equipment. The labs are also fitted with classroom furniture and moveable walls that can be configured to suit the practical or theoretical task at hand. Of the 16 labs, five state-of-the-art nursing and midwifery labs are equipped for higher fidelity simulation of a range of clinical scenarios. One dedicated bed space in each of these labs is fully configured to support team-based simulations using high fidelity equipment. Each space has 3 ceiling mounted cameras, microphones, speakers, a bedside patient monitor, and an LED screen. The adjoining control rooms allow teaching staff and the Simulation Technician to remotely alter simulated patient states, observe students' responses and digitally record activities for facilitated feedback sessions. Video streaming to adjoining areas within and across campuses and to other external sites is also possible via internet protocol.

Clinical equipment

The Clinical Practice Laboratories boast extensive equipment to assist in student learning:

Labs are equipped with advanced clinical equipment to make simulations as realistic as possible. Resources include:

  • wall mounted oxygen and suction outlets
  • Intravenous (IV) infusion equipment
  • heart rhythm (ECG) simulators
  • nasogastric tubes and tracheostomy care
  • IV cannulation therapy
  • Automatic External Defibrillators
  • wound care apparatus
  • audiovisual and text resources

Manikins are some of the most important apparatus in patient-centred care. Manikins from basic to advanced challenge students to develop their skills. High level robotic models such as SimMan®3G have the ability to:

  • blink
  • dilate pupils
  • sweat
  • breathe
  • register pulse
  • have cannula and tubes inserted realistically
  • verbally respond in real time when connected to wireless microphones

Simulation at UTS

UTS is at the forefront of clinical teaching and is committed to simulation education and the professional growth of healthcare simulation globally. The university is a proud sponsor of the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare's annual SimHealth conference. UTS has received a Federal Government Teaching and Learning Citation for integrating simulation into the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery programs.