Specialist Infusion Company Helps Student Nurses in End of Life Care Training

CME Medical is helping student nurses at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, further their education in end of life care.

The specialist infusion company has donated their T34TM Ambulatory Syringe Pump for use in simulation techniques in a series of workshops set up for third year pre-registration nursing students at the University.

These new programmes offer all nursing students working across learning disabilities, adult, child and mental health the opportunity to cover different aspects of end of life care based on national initiatives such as “One chance to get it right”1 and “Dying Matters”2 . The simulation provides students with risk-free, hands-on hospital experience using up-to-date equipment. The CME Medical T34TM Pump will be used to practise as well as perform essential drug calculations with common medication used at end of life care including morphine and Midazloam, often being student’s first exposure to the drug.

These workshops take place within Edge Hill’s highly equipped Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre (CSS). The centre, equipped with high-quality training facilities, is designed to look and feel like a real hospital ward and can be easily adapted and configured to meet a variety of needs.

John Carrington, Managing Director at CME Medical comments: “The T34TM is the gold standard in the sector and so is an ideal training device for students. We are always keen to get involved with new initiatives for students out in the community and are delighted to work with Edge Hill University.

“We are passionate about making clinical practice safer and more efficient through innovation and our training and support is very important to us. We are totally committed to helping our customers and healthcare professionals deliver safe, efficient and quality compliant clinical practice and consistency of patient care.”

Karen Connor, lecturer in Pre-registration Nursing at Edge Hill University comments: “These workshops are a new addition to our course and being able to offer the simulation with a syringe pump provides a great platform for us to help expand on the existing training we already provide to our students. It’s great to be able to work in partnership with CME Medical to achieve this. I have experience using the T34TM Pump in the field and was impressed at how safe and easy it was to use, filling me with the confidence that this pump will be easy to introduce to my colleagues and students.

“Within the simulated situations, students are able to prepare medication that they will often come across in clinical practice as well as practise setting up a syringe pump, both of which they will be formally tested on. This also gives the opportunity to educate students in any potential problems that can occur when using a syringe pump in end of life care. All of which is invaluable experience.”

The T34TM, which has been widely adopted around the UK, is a lightweight and compact syringe pump, meeting all of the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA)3 requirements for safer Ambulatory Syringe Drivers. The pump offers a range of features designed to maximise safe and simple administration of medication. The NPSA deadline for all existing Ambulatory Syringe Drivers to transition to Ambulatory Syringe Drivers with additional safety features is set for December 20154.


1 “One chance to get it right” is an approach to caring for dying people developed by the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP). The approach, which focuses on achieving five Priorities for Care, is intended for health and care organisations and staff caring for dying people in England. The Priorities of Care are that, when it is thought that a person may die within the next few days or hours:

  1. this possibility is recognised and communicated clearly, decisions made and actions taken in accordance with the person’s needs and wishes, and these are regularly reviewed and decisions revised accordingly.
  2. Sensitive communication takes place between staff and the dying person, and those identified as important to them.
  3. the dying person, and those identified as important to them, are involved in decisions about treatment and care to the extent that the dying person wants.
  4. the needs of families and others identified as important to the dying person are actively explored, respected and met as far as possible.
  5. an individual plan of care, which includes food and drink, symptom control and psychological, social and spiritual support, is agreed, co-ordinated and delivered with compassion.


2 Dying matters is a collation of 30,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for end of life.

3 The CME Medical T34™ meets all of the key requirements for new technology set out in the NPSA Rapid Response Report, namely:

  • Rate setting in millilitres (mL) per hour
  • Mechanisms to stop infusion if the syringe is not properly and securely fitted
  • Alarms that activate if the syringe is removed during infusion
  • Lock-box covers and/or lock-out controlled by password
  • Provision of internal log memory to record all pump events

(NPSA, 2010)

4 NPSA calls for safer Ambulatory Syringe Drivers (NPSA 2011)


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