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College Acquires Mobile Ambulance Simulator

College Acquires Mobile Ambulance Simulator

A recent addition to the College of Justice & Safety’s teaching facilities promises to provide Emergency Medical Care (EMC) students a very unique learning opportunity. 

Since September 2015, EMC students have had access to a new $60,000 mobile ambulance simulator (MAS) which according to Bill Young, Assistant Professor, Department of Fire Protection and Paramedicine Sciences, School of Safety, Security and Emergency Management, “provides students with the practical application of what they learn in the classroom.  It helps integrate our curriculum.”

“The simulator allows our students to learn it in class and then go do it.  They know what to look for.  It also helps students develop critical thinking skills.  When the condition of a patient deteriorates or changes quickly, it allows our students to develop a new plan based on what they learn here.”

“While a number of programs across the country have simulators, to a large degree, they do not offer the complexity we can simulate,” Young said.  “Research shows that students can gain about one year of on-the-job experience of handling critical care and ill patients by using the simulator”. 

The MAS is a value-added part of what students currently learn with mannequins that can simulate breathing, urination, bleeding, etc.  EMC students practice how to deal with patients in an apartment or home bedroom scenario, take them down several flights of stairs and safely load them into the ambulance. 

Young sees the addition of the mobile ambulance simulator as part of a larger scheme regarding expansion of facilities.

“Teaching labs are generally inside a room,” said Young.  “We intentionally did not do that. Our intention is to convert our current offices into simulator labs as part of the expansion of facilities.  We will add several simulators in the near future which allows us to puts students in realistic, critical situations.

Additionally, the MAS is piped for compressed air and oxygen and in case of an emergency, it can be set up as a mobile aid station.

“Not a lot of schools have a mobile ambulance simulator,” said Young. “The company that built ours has only built one other and it is up in Michigan. Dean Vic Kappeler and Provost Janna Vice were instrumental in acquiring the unit.”

Published on April 12, 2016

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