Fanshawe College prides itself on offering some of the best educational programs in the province. On Saturday (Oct. 25), staff at the college put students enrolled in the Schools of Public Safety, Health Sciences and Nursing, and the Emergency Management Office through their paces at the 10th annual Trauma and Treatment weekend (Oct. 24 – 25).
Upwards of 20 different emergency scenarios were presented in a variety of locations across the London campus for the more than 300 students taking part at the event. Drawn from the ranks of the Paramedic, Advanced Care Paramedic, Nursing, Emergency Telecommunications, Theatre Arts, Advanced Filmmaking, Office Administration, Emergency Management, Police Foundations and Advanced Police Studies programs, the students were also joined for the exercise by as many as 50 volunteer police, fire, paramedic and medical personnel.
Based on real-life emergency calls, “this is a bridge between the classroom and the lab environment to when they (students) go out in the field in January,” said Dugg Steary, Paramedic Program coordinator.
Primarily designed for second year paramedic students, Steary said that the exercises faced by participants give them a heightened sense of realism that helps create the feel of working a real shift in their chosen career field.
Another aspect of the weekend involves medical residents from Western and London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) joining with students in the Fanshawe Nursing program carrying the various scenarios through into a hospital environment.
“It’s hard to practice these scenarios on real patients because you never know what’s going to happen,” said Dr. David Oullette, an emergency physician at LHSC. “Now we can actually simulate this mass-casualty environment that many may not see or see infrequently during their career.”
He also noted another benefit to participating in the exercise is getting to practice as part of a “multi-disciplinary team,” with other emergency service providers.