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John Abbott College to stage two accident simulations this weekend


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Students from the John Abbott College (JAC) departments of nursing, police technology and pre-hospital emergency care departments staged an accident simulation on their Ste. Anne de Bellevue campus on Monday, October 17, in preparation for the college’s open house this weekend, October 22-23

Students from the John Abbott College (JAC) departments of nursing, police technology and pre-hospital emergency care staged an accident simulation on their Ste. Anne de Bellevue campus Monday, October 17, in preparation for the college’s open house this weekend.

The simulation also provided the participating students with the opportunity to experience first-hand a real-life situation where they could practice their emergency response skills. The simulation will be conducted twice for visitors at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. during the open house this Saturday, October 22.

The two-vehicle accident which was staged outside the Anne-Marie Edward Science & Stewart buildings, facing Laird Hall, revolved around a drunk driver who crashed into the side of another car which resulted in the male driver being ejected from the vehicle because he was not wearing a seat belt and a distraught female passenger with a head injury.

The simulation involved simultaneous ongoing scenarios - the on-scene pre-hospital emergency care (paramedic) assessment, initial treatment of the injured victims and the preparation to transport the injured victims to the hospital. The drunk driver was questioned by police who administered a breathalyzer and then arrested the suspect who was taken into police custody.

The scene then shifts to two separate locations – the police station where the suspect is charged with drunk driving and the emergency room where a team of nurses are busy prepping for the arrival of the two patients as the on-route paramedics relay data regarding the patient’s conditions via two-way radio.

As the two patients are brought in for assessment and treatment, the nursing team springs into action by providing immediate assistance to the driver whose left leg was severed below the knee. Other medical personnel provide reassurance and emotional support staff to the distraught wife while treating her head laceration.

For Zackary Carroll, a graduate from the JAC pre-hospital emergency care program and who is now enrolled in his first year of the JAC three-year nursing program, the coordinated simulation by all three departments was a great experience. “I’m extremely excited for it,” Carroll told Your Local Journal. “It’s the first time we’ve done something like this.”

Carroll’s decision to broaden his medical repertoire was prompted by his experiences as a paramedic. “As much as I enjoyed being a paramedic and it was a lot of fun, I wanted to work in a different part of the health care system. Instead of seeing my patients get in, dropping them off at the hospital and not knowing what happens after that, I kind of want to know what happens to them,” said Carroll.

“It would be nice to have, for lack of a better term – closure – in the sense that if I drop off a cardiac arrest patient, I don’t know if they lived or died. As a nurse, I would know whether it’s good or bad. Plus with the fact that nursing is so diverse, I could wake up one day and may not want to work in emergency anymore, so I could go work in the intensive care unit. There’s a lot of diversity in the profession.”

Third-year police technology students Brooke Massie and Daniela Amorosa were excited to participate in the simulation. “I think it’s really great. It gives everyone a view into what we get to do when we practice here at school,” said Massie.

“It’s the first time we’re working with all three programs together. It’s fun to see how a real-life situation plays out,” said Amorosa.

Gloria Jaramillo, Chairperson of the nursing department, said she was thrilled by the enthusiasm from the students throughout the preparation and first simulation drill. “I’m very impressed,” said Jaramillo.

“The students have worked very hard preparing for this event. We can’t wait for Saturday.”

For more photos of the simulation exercise, see our Facebook page.

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