The Methodist Air Care helicopter and crew, along with Angel Care ambulance workers and members of the Beeville Police Department, donated their time to participate in a crisis/trauma management nursing lesson Tuesday afternoon at the college’s Beeville campus.
Dr. Eloisa Garcia, then Nursing Program director at CBC, helped to organize the mock emergency scenario in which an injured patient needed transporting, first by ambulance, then by helicopter.
As soon as the helicopter landed, just after 3:30 p.m., the nursing students participating went into crisis mode. They assessed the patient’s injuries, stabilized him, and transported him into an Angel Care ambulance.
The ambulance then drove a short distance to meet the helicopter, and the students worked to carefully transport the patient into the helicopter.
Melanie Reeves, a senior nursing student at CBC, had a front row seat for the action.
“This is part of a clinical grade for us, so we’re looking for ways to participate,” she explained.
“They wanted us to have an actual scenario to help us go through the motions of what it would be like to be in an emergency situation,” she said. “It helps us identify our strengths and weaknesses; it’s a great learning experience.”
The students began the day with several different workshops and lectures to prepare for the drill.
Jessica Macias, also a senior nursing student at CBC, said, “It’s great to get the hands-on experience.”
While nursing students took center stage during the drill, radiology and aviation students also were involved.
Dr. Garcia explained, “This was a combined exercise where three different areas came together for one scenario. We are trying to get the students to understand that the reality of an emergency situation is that it takes multiple different teams to assist just one person in need of help.”
Garcia said that Methodist Air Care in San Antonio donated the flight.
“We also have Raymond Carolan involved from the aviation department, Tim Skaife from radiology, Beeville PD, an Angel Care ambulance team, and the air flight and trauma team from Methodist Air Care,” she said.
CBC radiology students participated by later examining X-rays of the patient after he was stabilized. The aviation students trained with the helicopter ground crew to learn how to help an aircraft land and take off in a similar situation.
“We’re bringing theory to practice,” Garcia explained. “We usually use mannequins and videos in the classroom; we’re trying to make it as lifelike as possible for the students.”
“The whole college really pulled together for this,” Macias added.
Lindsey Shaffer is the regional editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 119, or at regional@mySouTex.com.