Health Science students participate in the hospital disaster drill

by Kim Thomas, Health Sciences Instructor

Mrs. Thomas’ 2nd year Health Science students played the roles of the victims in a staged fire at the Ackerman Community Center. Each of the 12 students was given a list of injuries that they sustained in the “fire.” These injuries ranged from a headache and sprained ankle to severe burns to difficulty breathing. Depending on the severity of their injuries, the victims were transported to the helicopter or hospital by ambulance or bus. Once at the hospital, the victims were treated as real patients. Lab work and x-rays were done, wounds were dressed and broken bones were splinted by the hospital staff. Participating in this drill allowed the students to learn more about how the hospital and the emergency medical services in our community work together during a disaster.