Bielsko-Biała: a hospital bed in a shopping mall helps teach first aid
Medical equipment can help acquire practical skills not only for medical and nursing students. Famed Żywiec provided the University of Bielsko-Biala with a hospital bed to equip the Emergency Medicine Laboratory, prepared as part of this year's Science Point Lab. The initiative of the University of Bielsko-Biala, Gemini Park Bielsko-Biała and the City of Bielsko-Biała, which aims to promote science through play, will last until 24 March at the Gemini Park shopping centre.
The Science Point Lab project, initiated by the University of Bielsko-Biala, has been carried out for 3 years now, enjoying growing popularity among the region's inhabitants. This year's programme included the creation of the Emergency Medicine Laboratory, equipped with a Famed Nexo bed and bedside cabinet. Activities in the form of a playroom were built around this setting, with scenarios including first aid. The laboratory was created under the expert supervision of Michał Szlagor, a professional paramedic. It can accommodate 10 participants at a time, aged over 12.
"In the Emergency Medicine Laboratory, a car accident scene has been set up. Participants have to use cooperation and logical thinking skills to help an injured person. They will learn how to safely provide assistance and correctly notify the relevant services of the incident. We invite you to visit our Minicentre of Science, a visit here will certainly be useful," says Małgorzata Zarębska, Coordinator of the Promotional Projects Team of the University of Bielsko-Biała.
Registration for the events is possible via the UBB Science Point Registration page. The entire Science Point Lab zone includes four mini laboratories for children and adults - in addition to the one dedicated to emergency medicine, there are the Light, Future and Young Scientist Labs. The event will also feature several days of science events with the participation of leading Polish science centres, including the Warsaw Copernicus Science Centre, as well as presentations of new technologies and innovative solutions in industry. Animators of the Minicentre of Science are students of the University of Bielsko-Biala. The initiative received financial support from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Famed Żywiec is also a partner of the action.
"So far, we have had the opportunity to cooperate with academic simulation centres in Wrocław, Warsaw, Olsztyn and Ostrava in the Czech Republic. We have donated medical equipment for their use, which helps students gain practical knowledge in patient care. Practice plays a huge role in proper preparation for professional duties. Among other things, students benefit from the Famed Nexo bed. This is equipment that can function, for example, in intensive care units," says Michal Grossy, Product Development and Marketing Director at Famed Żywiec. - Being involved in Science Point Lab is an opportunity to collaborate on a project aimed at a wide audience, which we decided on without a second thought. Learning skills that can help save health or even life is priceless," he adds.
Academic Bielsko-Biała, also in medical terms.
The University of Bielsko-Biala offers master's degree courses in nursing, medical rescue and public health. In turn, the Silesian Medical University has opened its branch in Bielsko-Biala, where it provides education in the single master's degree programme in medicine. In the 2023/2024 academic year, 75 students began their studies there. Clinical classes will be held in hospitals operating in Bielsko-Biała and the region. However, the city authorities are planning to adapt a complex of buildings at Fabryczna Square for the needs of students, which is intended to house, among other things, a medical simulation centre.