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Disaster Simulation to Provide DeSales Nursing Students with Glimpse of Reality, Fri., Oct. 2

The training exercise will provide participants and viewers with the full drama of an emergency situation following a tornado.

DeSales seniors in the community nursing course, “Community and Public Health,” will experience a bit of reality during an emergency response training exercise from 8:30 a.m. to approximately noon on Friday, October 2, in the DeSales University Center and the adjoining parking lot. Joining DeSales nursing students, faculty and staff, will be members of the DeSales Emergency Medical Service (EMS), University Police, and members of local community emergency medical services. More than 70 people will be taking part in the event.

The training exercise will provide participants and viewers with the full drama of an emergency situation following a tornado. Approximately 15 nursing students will play the role of victims. First responders with transport units on the scene will include the DeSales Emergency Medical Squad and University Police.

Also, the Upper Saucon Ambulance Corps, Eastern Pa. EMS Council, Lehigh County Emergency Management Agency, and Dewey EMS (Hellertown).

In addition, TV/Film students will help capture the scene for teaching and promotional videos. A theatre student will use moulage and help transform students into disaster victims.

About 40 DeSales nursing students will take part in the tornado simulation. The event will last approximately two hours, with action taking place primarily in the DeSales University Center and adjacent parking lot.

Participants will conduct themselves in the same way that emergency systems do in an actual situation, including prioritizing care and transporting victims. DeSales Police will help manage the scene, just as police officers would in the community at large.

The simulation experience helps nursing students understand the importance of being prepared for a natural disaster and how to prioritize care in a mass casualty situation. It also helps them realize the significant involvement of nurses and the key role they play during such an event.

In addition, nursing students will see first hand the importance of teamwork, including the collaboration between nurses and community emergency systems during a disaster.

Although there have been previous simulation experiences as part of the nursing course, this is the first one of this magnitude. Among those helping to coordinate the disaster event are: Dr. Peg Slusser, chairperson of nursing and health department, Dr. Mary Ellen Miller, assistant professor and course coordinator, Mary Brinker, simulation lab coordinator, and Ryan Hay ’11, director of DeSales EMS. Also, Dr. William Zajdel, medical director of the DeSales EMS, and Director of the Eastern PA EMS Council John Kloss.

For more information on the nursing simulation experience at DeSales, contact Mary Brinker, simulation lab coordinator, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1705, or at mary.brinker@desales.edu.


Press Release: Tornado Disaster Simulation on Friday, October 2 | Posted on: 10/1/2009

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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