Rocky Vista students train in realistic simulations

Military medicine program travels to California facility

Staff report
Posted 5/21/19

Students in the military medicine program at Rocky Vista University’s college of osteopathic medicine participated in a hands-on learning simulation alongside first responders during Cut Suit Week, …

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Rocky Vista students train in realistic simulations

Military medicine program travels to California facility

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Students in the military medicine program at Rocky Vista University’s college of osteopathic medicine participated in a hands-on learning simulation alongside first responders during Cut Suit Week, a healthcare simulation event hosted by Strategic Operations Inc.

The students were joined by students from Touro University in Nevada, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, and Western University of Health Sciences for the simulations, which took place April 28 to May 4 at the Stu Segall Productions facility in San Diego.

After brushing up on their surgical skills at workshops throughout the week, students participated in realistic scenarios that included an active shooter, explosions, a domestic violence incident, and various surgical simulations.

During the scenarios, they rushed to treat people representing patients suffering from life-threatening injuries, and performed a wide range of medical procedures including chest tube thoracotomies, deep wound packing, combat tourniquet application, intraosseous infusions, and more.

The Cut Suit, a human-worn body suit that simulates realistic trauma, was used to replicate life-threatening injuries requiring complex surgical procedures.

The simulations, part of Strategic Operations’ intensive surgical and trauma skills course, were designed to completely immerse participants in battlefield conditions and emergency situations and allowed students to hone their skills in a controlled environment. The back-to-back scenarios also highlighted the unique aspect of emergency medicine for physicians serving in the military: triaging the wounded and providing critical care en route to a surgical facility.

The students experienced an active scene from the perspective of law enforcement, which included how they treat at a scene before the victim makes it to the emergency room or operating room. For those students who volunteered to be standardized patients, they also experienced firsthand how trauma can affect patients before they have received medical treatment.

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