On January 25, 2017, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Protective Services and Allied Health students teamed up to learn and perform a series of emergency medical skills and techniques, including the handling of medical (diabetes and anaphylactic shock) and traumatic (fractures and spinal immobilization) emergencies. Students learned proper procedures for using a long backboard, splinting fractures and maintaining an airway, breathing and circulation. Generally, both programs learn these skills in different ways. The Allied Health students learn the techniques in a hospital setting, and the Protective Services students learn skills in emergent public environments. Similar learning and skill sets were applied to the joint instruction, and students engaged in practical exercises to enhance the classroom learning and techniques.
The treatment of life threatening medical emergencies and traumatic emergencies are significant areas wherein all medical practitioners engage. The joint training and exercise allowed students to learn collaboratively, develop teamwork, role model and refine previously learned skills. Specific instruction and learning included arm, elbow, leg, and spinal fractures. Students ensured that patients (other students) performed checks for motor and central nervous system functions. All students performed skills to the standards established in First Responder training programs. Equipment used included padded board splints, head immobilization devices, pillow splints, cravats, and special designed splint kits.
“I am so pleased to collaborate with the Protective Services program to learn from and to teach each other the treatment and care of patients with fractures and how to manage spinal injuries,” said Deb Bergmann, EASTERN’s Allied Health Instructor. “Emergency medical care requires a different skill and mind set than the traditional inpatient care provided in hospitals and healthcare facilities.”
EASTERN’s Protective Services program prepares students to enter careers such as law enforcement, fire science, industrial safety, security, emergency medical services and emergency management.
EASTERN’s Allied Health program prepares students for a postsecondary program in the health field. With higher education, students could enter such career fields as nursing, radiation therapy or technology, cardiovascular and respiratory technology, physician’s assistant, and nurse practitioner.