EMS practices to save lives
Hands-on learning is a main focus of many programs at LCC, including the Emergency Medical Services program.
Students and instructors from the EMS program spent the morning of April 16 practicing vehicular extractions in the Main Campus parking lot between HHS and the Administrative Building.
“It’s a lot different to get people out of a chair than out of a car,” said EMS student Briita Wanhala.
During one of the simulations, Wanhala and her team were responsible for removing a driver from a car that had been in a simulated front-end collision.
“(Extractions are) important because they happen on an almost daily basis,” said Jarrod Endicott, who was also on Wanhala’s team.
EMS instructor Bill Feldpausch said in a real world situation, the local fire department would have also arrived on-scene to cut and remove parts of the vehicle to ease the EMS responders’ jobs.
Throughout the simulations, the students had to remove passengers around steering wheels, center consoles, pillars, doors and other obstacles. According to Feldpausch, most of these would have been removed in a real-life situation.
Despite the high-stress of real-world situations, students and instructors made the simulations fun by telling jokes and making each other laugh while still being professional.
LCC’s EMS program is located in HHS room 108. The program is accredited by the Commission On Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).