Mass Casualty Simulation Brings Together Students From Multiple Disciplines

Posted in Respiratory Therapy

Tragedy can strike at any moment, and many health professions students have the knowledge and skills to jump in and help triage victims even in a chaotic and stressful situation — and practice makes perfect. In October, students from three health disciplines (nursing, athletic training, and respiratory therapy) gathered in the Hearnes Center for MU's first ever “mass casualty simulation” where the students were briefed on the hypothetical situation that they were about to be thrust into – a distracted driver crashed into a crowd of people at Tiger walk before a football game. When faculty gave the word, nursing students who were given specific injuries to act out immediately began to scream and cry out as if the crash had just happened. Then, it was up to the athletic training, respiratory therapy and other nursing students to act quickly to treat and triage the “victims” in the best way...

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