DUBLIN — It was only a drill, but Bladen Community College students got some valuable interaction with Bladen County rescue staff recently.
On Friday, Jan. 15, BCC nursing students participated in a simulated disaster assessment and rescue training event along with local EMS at the college campus in Dublin.
“The interdisciplinary simulation was a wonderful experience for our students,” said Sharron Thomas, director of Allied Health Programs at the college.
During the simulated disaster, a staged accident occured resulting in multiple injuries. Nursing students were called to the scene where they began the process of assessing the injured persons, administering emergency assistance, and transporting victims to a “hospital” environment. Training continued as the victims entered the “hospital” area, where activity mimiced an emergency room response to the disaster.
Participating victims wore theatrical makeup to simulate serious wounds and life-threatening conditions. Nursing students were observed by the nursing faculty and, later, in a debriefing session, students and faculty evaluated the event and the response.
For information about the Bladen Community College nursing program, contact Thomas at 910-879-5532.
Cathy Kinlaw is the public information director for Bladen Community College.