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Paramedicine students learning through real life simulation

Monday, 23 May 2011

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ECU paramedical science students gathered at Harry Hunter Reserve in Gosnells this week to re-enact a mass casualty and get a realistic insight into emergency training.

Organised by St John Ambulance and Fire and Emergency Services (FESA), the day-long event saw a morning and afternoon mass casualty simulation, with ECU students volunteering as patients and dressed up in full costume, with ripped clothes and fake blood to ensure the experience was as authentic as possible.

Victims were placed at a number of different casualty sites across the reserve, with a range of different injuries which then had to be assessed by second and third year paramedicine students effectively and efficiently.

The simulation was a great learning experience for students, enabling them to develop skills in managing multi-casualty incidents, practice the triage system of managing patients at a scene and work with other emergency services.

"The simulation is a great learning experience, which gives us the chance to put our theory into practise in a hands-on environment," said Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science) graduate, Wayne Van Biljon.

"The real-to-life nature of the casualties provide us with the opportunity to get an insight into a real life casualty situation and provides fantastic training for when incidences occur in a job environment."

Associate Professor from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine, Richard Brightwell believes that the simulation plays a vital role in the students learning experience.

"As a student it's hard to understand the urgency associated with a mass casualty without actually experiencing it. The simulation is a great way for students to get firsthand experience and apply their skills in a controlled environment, and provides valuable experience that they can take use when working in the field."

The simulation is run twice a year for ECU students before they go on the road as student ambulance officers for the first time.

For more information on ECU's Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science) Degree, visit the Paramedical Science website.

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