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DeSales Students to Participate in Mass Casualty Training

by Tom McNamara | Oct 03, 2012

On Friday, October 5, DeSales University and Cedar Crest College student nurses, in cooperation with DeSales emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, will conduct its annual disaster simulation exercise in the parking lot of Billera Hall on the Center Valley campus. The exercise will start at 9:00 a.m.

In this year’s scenario, a tornado strikes the tennis courts at DeSales University during an NCAA championship, leaving injured, dying, and dead victims.

The training exercise provides participants with the full drama of an emergency situation, challenging them to prioritize care and transport victims. DeSales University Police and EMS will help manage the scene. In addition to providing health care, nursing students will play the role of victims in full make up and simulated injuries.

Other participating local emergency personnel include Lehigh Valley Hospital Emergency Management and health care providers and Lehigh and Northampton County Emergency Management. Up to a dozen municipal ambulance squads will coordinate for, and provide patient care to victims of this simulation.

During the exercise nursing students will encounter up to 27 patient conditions prepared by the DeSales nursing department and replicated on volunteer victims in moulage and on high-tech, electronic simulated patient mannikins.

Nursing students will be supervised in triage, first aid, transport, patient care and management, and emergency medicine by DeSales, Cedar Crest, and Lehigh Valley Hospital faculty and staff. Lehigh Valley Hospital will deploy its surge/field hospital and MEDEVAC helicopter to the scene of the simulated disaster. DeSales faculty and Lehigh Valley Hospital doctors with a head nurse from Pennsylvania Air National Guard Special Operations will challenge nursing students to handle the intensity of emergency medical situations.

The event will be followed by an after-action review between faculty and students.

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