On Friday 2 March 2012, Royal Brompton’s award-winning Simulated Paediatric Resuscitation Team Training (SPRinT) programme featured in an episode of the BBC’s One Show about ‘cutting edge’ medical procedures to a primetime audience of several million. Members of the SPRinT team demonstrated the Harley model, the world’s first patient model, modelled on a five-year-old heart surgery patient and designed to recreate emergency care for child heart patients, simulating a real-life chest opening.
Harley is used to train clinical staff so they experience first-hand the intricate care needed by children with heart problems. Dr Burmester, Director of the SPRinT programme, said “we are delighted to participate in the BBC One Show. The Harley model is perfect to illustrate the benefits of simulation training, for enhanced teamwork in emergency and critical procedures, so that we can provide better care to our paediatric patients”.