Forest Technology and Nursing Students Take Part in Trauma Exercise
Penn State Mont Alto held its fifth annual trauma-scenario training exercise on May 2. During the mock drill, forest technology students and nursing students had the opportunity to practice emergency care and work with local emergency services personnel.
“We try to recreate something they may actually come upon and practice before it would happen, and if it does, they will have some idea of what they would do,” according Nursing Program Coordinator Carranda Barkdoll.
A mobile human-simulation patient, iStan, and an injured woodsman -- forest technology student Josh Rittenhouse -- were discovered in the woods and given first aid by the forestry students, who also called emergency personnel. The patients were then moved off the mountain into a simulated emergency department, where the nursing and paramedic students continued emergency care and prepared iStan for transport in The Penn State Hershey LifeLion helicopter. Once iStan was positioned inside the helicopter, students and emergency responders gathered around LifeLion to ask questions and receive information from the LifeLion trauma nurse and pilot. The morning’s exercise closed with a full recap and discussion of the incident.
The many emergency service organizations assisting in the exercise, included: The Penn State Hershey LifeLion helicopter, Franklin County Emergency Management Agency, Greencastle Fire and Rescue, Medic 2, Mont Alto Emergency Medical Services, Mont Alto Fire Department, Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, and Waynesboro Hospital.
Photos of the event can be found by clicking here.
Forest Technology student Joshua Brenneman created a video of the event. Click this link to view it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u7KTQuOAy4
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