- Paramedic Program
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September 2013 (Saugus, MA) – Paramedic students at Pro EMS Center for MEDICS participated in a unique team-building exercise at Breakheart Reservation in Saugus on Saturday, September 28, 2013. The non-traditional training session combined a real environment with a simulated patient, and forced students to recall classroom and skills information in an unexpected setting.
Twenty-four students, separated into four groups, hiked for approximately two miles before finding different “patients” who needed emergency assistance. The patients were Laerdal simulation manikins, which Center for MEDICS uses frequently to help students develop critical thinking skills and adaptability to changing circumstances. The Laerdal simulation manikins mimic actual patient responses, including airway complications, cardiac symptoms, and noises and movements, to provide feedback to the interventions applied by the emergency care providers.
Upon discovering the “patients,” the paramedic students had to assess the situation, evaluate their “patient,” and allocate and share equipment and resources in order to extricate the “patients” for transport to an area hospital. Instructors are able to evaluate students on competency, as well as time management, bedside manner, and team dynamics.
“The point of the competency based teaching system is for the students to master a skill regardless of the environment in which they need to perform,” said Center for MEDICS Director Danielle Thomas. “Our students have to be able to treat a patient in the dark or in a tight space just as well as in a controlled environment, such as a classroom or simulation lab.”