A new partnership with the Kansas Air National Guard will serve to enhance training opportunities at a trauma-scenario simulation to be staged beginning at 8:30 a.m., April 10 at Washburn University Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech). The military officially refers to the event as G Company, 1st battalion, 111th Regiment & Washburn Tech MEDEVAC Training.
A highlight of the simulation, referred to as The Big Sim, will be the cooperative efforts of medics and students orchestrating the transport and delivery of multiple patients via a Black Hawk helicopter set to land several times in a field east of Building A.
Washburn Tech students participating will be from the surgical technology, practical nursing, phlebotomy and emergency medical technician programs.
Big Sim activities include reception and transport of patients from landing site to emergency room bay, where patients with simulated spinal injuries and fractured femurs will be assessed and prepared for surgery.
Kristi Mick, technical instructor, surgical technology, noted the value of simulation exercises.
“Interdisciplinary simulation exposes students to aspects of health care with which they may not be familiar,” she said. “Our main goal is communication across all disciplines to help with continuity of care and to prevent medical errors. By getting to do these types of events on campus, students are able to build the skills they need to be better practitioners upon graduation.”