Hands-on Training Prepares Paramedics (Joshua Stilley, MD)

“Team three, team three, I need you
to respond.” This driver has run into a farm vehicle and
been exposed to chemicals, requiring decontamination. Fortunately, today it’s just a drill. “We’ve had very similar calls.” EMS, or emergency medical services providers, come from all over the state to Columbia for training. In fact, University of Missouri Health Care
trains more than 70 of them every year. These paramedics are drilling for an advanced
specialty certification — Critical Care Paramedic. It’s a titled earned by all of MU Health
Care’s flight paramedics. “Patients coming out of an ICU, needing
a ventilator, getting blood products, really should have a critical care paramedic. And that’s the mission we’re trying to meet
with our class.” Paramedics assess the scene, administer
medication, and start IVs and airways. The lessons they learn here are especially
important as nearly one out of every three Missourians lives in a rural area. “We have paramedics that are 30 to
45 minutes away from a hospital. It’s essential that they know their job, and
they’re able to perform the appropriate skills that a patient needs.” In this simulation, it’s a trampled party-goer,
who’s also been using drugs. He’s treated and loaded into a helicopter
for transport. “They’re going to throw things at
you that you’re maybe not as prepared for, but it really makes you think.” After each scenario, there’s a debriefing
with students and instructors. “Tell me how things went operationally?” Hands-on practice that readies these paramedics
for whatever the real world has in store.

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