Simulated Emergencies Help Students Hone Treatment-Team Roles

A crew deals with a kidney-stone attack in the Bush Campus Center TV lounge, preparing to transport the "patient" to the ATHS radiography lab.

An emergency response, as seen from overhead in the ATHS

A simulated angina patient, stricken in the dental hygiene clinic, talks with physician assistant and nursing students after transport to the ER.

Adam J. Miller, a Penn College instructional development specialist and pre-physician assistant student, captures a scenario on video.

Communication with the "injured"

To facilitate collaboration among various health disciplines, the School of Health Sciences staged a series of mock health emergencies on campus this week. Approximately 195 students from eight of the school’s programs – Dental Hygiene, Health Information Technology, Paramedic, Physician Assistant, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiography and Surgical Technology – participated in the event as health professionals, actors and observers. The event presented an opportunity for the students to develop relationships with other health care students and a better understanding of their role. More than 50 faculty and staff members facilitated the event across three days.
Photos by Cletus G. Waldman, clinical director, radiography; and Kim A. Speicher, dental hygiene instructor

Comments – One Comment

This was an excellent learning experience and a great way to get all health science students to appreciate each discipline’s role as a member of the patient’s healthcare team. Kudos to Tushanna Habalar and Jessica Bower, who had the vision for this and the majority of the time spent putting this together. Thanks, Tushanna and Jessica !!!

Posted by Karen Plankenhorn at April 11, 2014 at 8:06 am

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