Health Check: Blow-up 'igloo' trains doctors

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An operating theatre which looks like an igloo and inflates in just 3 minutes has been developed to help put doctors through their paces.

High tech, highly realistic simulation centres are increasingly used in medical training, but they can be very costly. The 'igloo' is designed as a lower cost version which can be quickly assembled and dismantled: once packed away, it's small enough to fit in the boot of a car. The researchers behind this theatre hope it will bring simulation training to more medical staff around the world.

In one scenario, a surgical team in the inflatable theatre operates on a prosthetic model of a patient who's been stabbed. Communication is vital as the lead surgeon and anaesthetist work together to stabilise the patient. For Health Check, trainee surgeon Dr Alex Cope tests it out.

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