Last Friday, doctors and nurses from all over the state came together to try Dubbo's brand new high-tech Royal Flying Doctor Service [RFDS] Medical simulation centre for the first time.
Medical simulation is the production of a computer model for study and training purposes.
The course currently on offer is a collaboration between the Dubbo Base Hospital Anaesthetics Department and the RFDS, which focuses on how to gain access to a patient's airway when conventional measures are not appropriate.
If this scenario was to present itself, the next step in this situation might be surgical; cutting a hole in the front of the neck, either in the operating theatre, emergency department, or an aeromedical setting.
This is the process that will be the focus of the training, so surgeons will know where to place an incision or what area to focus on.
Dubbo's team Leader of Emergency Services at the RFDS, Dr Peter Brendt, said it could be a challenging situation for a medical professional when measures like intubation or ventilation with a face mask don't work.
"That's why this training is so important," Dr Brent said.
"It can mean the difference between life and death for a patient with a complex presentation.
"Our new high-tech simulation centre here in Dubbo can bring this situation to life for medical professionals and equip them to deal with real emergency situations."
The training will feature case-based discussion, high-fidelity simulations with patient models, skills training, and the use of a wearable trainer, which is worn on the neck of a colleague enabling the incision of the 'fake' neck.
This practical course is designed specifically for Anaesthetists, GPs, Emergency Medicine Specialists, and those working in retrieval medicine.
Participants will learn the skills and steps required to manage a crisis utilising cutting-edge and incredibly life-like methods.
The RDF encourages those wanting to achieve their professional CPD goals to try the centre, which is they call, "Australia's newest and most comprehensive Health Simulation and Education Centre".