Bequest Ensures Hospital Staff have most Advanced Training Aid

Thanks to a bequest from a donor, the clinical education department at the Aberdeen Hospital has been equipped with the latest training technology.

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With lifelike responses, “Chester Chest” lets staff practice advanced IV therapy procedures. Since arriving, dozens of staff have taken advantage of the opportunity to enhance their skills, essential for the delivery of life saving medicines and cancer treatments.

“Access to technology like this allows us to ensure physicians and nurses are up-to-date in advanced procedures, right here in our on-site skills lab. It means we don’t have to send staff away for this training, which can be an added expense,” says Chanda MacDonald, Clinical Educator.

With one realistic and portable training aid, the clinical education team has a great tool for teaching, training, and skills assessment. Staff can practice accessing central venous sites, applying dressings, securing devices, and administering fluid infusion and blood withdrawal.

It means that staff feel prepared when they are in real life situations because they’ve already been tested and know they can find a vein or port under pressure.

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Chester Chest was made possible by a bequest from a nurse who graduated from the Aberdeen School of Nursing in the 1940s and dedicated her career to nursing here as well as in PEI. While here, she also served as an instructor with the School of Nursing. With education such an important part of her life’s work, she made the choice to leave a lasting gift for the training of doctors and nurses in her will.

The Aberdeen Health Foundation can accept gifts of cash, stock, or property. Bequests of any amount are welcomed and can be directed to the area of care you choose. To learn more about how gifts in your will may reduce the tax burden of your estate, speak to your lawyer or financial advisor. To learn more about leaving a bequest to the Aberdeen Health Foundation, contact us.

Pictured Top: Clinical Educator Chanda MacDonald and Justina Cummisky, RN.

Pictured Bottom: Justina Cummisky, RN practices accessing a port-a-cath on “Chester Chest”.

Posted: April 22, 2016