Diploma of Paramedical Science – HLT51015 Clinical Workshop 1, Gold Coast, Queensland.
This is a realistic accident simulation at one of APC’s training campuses on the Gold Coast. Working in teams to extricate a driver and passenger from a crashed vehicle, our students learn to manage the scene, work collaboratively whist prioritising patient care.
Learning how to save lives in an emergency situation features heavily in realistic accident scenario training for students studying the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science.
This is one of many life-like scenarios where Australian Paramedical College students are challenged to respond to situations they will encounter in the community.
The day begins with an emergency call from passersby of reports of a single vehicle accident with 2 occupants.
APC student Alan Leahy tells us exactly what happened.
“We came across a car accident with two people in it and that was basically all the information we got.”
“Once we got down here, it was revealed that, an assumed intoxicated person driving a vehicle had hit a tree, not wearing a seat belt and there was a passenger in the back – also not wearing a seat belt.” “We just had to deal with that, having two crews and running different operations in the back seat and the front seat.”
“I think the biggest challenge was making sure the teams were working together but also independently. You had one team on one person in the back and one team on one person in the front. ”
“The person in the front couldn’t be extricated until the person in the back was extricated (removed from the vehicle). Just trying to coordinate that and manage our resources and keep the communication clear and trying to remember the very basics of DRABCD.”
(The DRSABCD action plan is used to assess if a patient has a life-threatening condition and requires immediate first aid.) Just checking all of those. Probably the hardest is just keeping a clear mind.”
“Given the training (from Australian Paramedical College) and what we’d been going over.”
“Although it was nerve-racking, once you got onto the job and you got down to what you do it was actually pretty good… it was really good.”
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