ASHE COUNTY-When is a mom ok with her son being hurt? When it’s only a simulation, of course.
Jaxson Oliver, 6, a Mountain View Elementary student, recently played the part of an injured child as part of a mass casualty exercise hosted by Caldwell Community College.
“My (Emergency Medical Technician-Basic) class…was doing a mass casualty event where we asked our family members to volunteer to be patients so they could be a part of our progress in the class,” Staci Oliver, Jaxson’s mother said.
Decked out in makeup that simulated gruesome injuries, Jaxson and other volunteers offered EMT students an up close look at trauma injuries on a large scale.
Staci Oliver said the group worked on setting up and staging a mass casualty scene, triaging patients, transferring them to designated treatments areas and ultimately learning how to transport patients to the closest appropriate hospital or trauma center.
“The number of volunteers made it hugely successful and helped all of us students gain perspective on what we did well, what we need to work on and how to operate as a team even when we have a different opinion about a particular course of action,” Staci Oliver said.
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