One victim is a 65-year-old male with a broken ankle and internal bleeding along with serious underlying medical issues. Another is a 27-year-old female with a head injury and spinal cord shock. There's also an 8-year-old boy with autism who has a broken ankle.
These were just some of the mock patients and their injuries that were part of the Interprofessional Education Simulation Day, held at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences in April.
The annual event – a joint training exercise organized by the college, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and Carilion Clinic – allows students in a range of health fields to experience what it’s like to work as a team during emergencies involving many patients with a variety of injuries.
This year’s disaster scenario was an explosion at a Veteran’s Affairs Rehabilitation Center. In addition to medical doctors, professions that were represented during the drill included nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, emergency medical personnel, public health officials, and social workers.
The goals of the simulation activity are to improve leadership skills and encourage interprofessional collaboration.