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Medical Students Participate In Mock Demonstration

Dec 02, 2013

Some of the medical assisting students at the Columbus Campus recently had the opportunity to see how medical professionals respond to real-life medical emergencies.  Beth Laurenz, health care education director, organized their participation in a mock demonstration with Department of Homeland Security and EMS responders.  Potential medical emergencies were recreated, and a lot of effort was spent to make them as realistic as possible.  The students volunteered to play the part of victims.

The first emergency they acted out was a hazardous chemical spill.  The students played the part of the people contaminated by the spill.  They were told to wait outside while the site was put in lockdown mode.  It was also explained to them that had this been real, they would have been put in a decontamination shower. 

The second emergency acted out was a school shooting.  Here, the students were triaged through the emergency room to surgery and then to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).  Finally, they were admitted to the medical surgical floor.

Medical assisting student Faithia Pugh felt that she really learned a lot from this field trip, and she plans on taking the first-hand knowledge she gained with her as she advances into her career.  Faithia said, “If I’m in the healthcare field and something like this happens, I’ll know what to do.”

Beth Laurenz observed that many of her students had not previously known how much the police work together with other first responders in a medical emergency.  She said that another mock demonstration is being planned for next year. 

Students who participated in the medical mock demonstration are front row: Faithia Pugh (l) and Ms. Beth Laurenz (r).  Back row: Joan Martinez (l) and Veronica Flemister (r).



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