Next generation of paramedics, police practice disaster skills

Macarthur’s next generation of paramedics and police will be well prepared for a disaster event after completing their mass casualty simulation yesterday.

The exam was held at Western Sydney University’s Campbelltown campus and saw Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine) and Bachelor of Policing students assessed on their ability to manage the situation and treat ‘patients’.

First year drama students played the roles of victims – alongside dummies – of a catastrophic incident in three separate stagings of the exam.

Paramedic students were tasked with assessing the incident, establish an ambulance command structure and safely and effectively triaging, treating and transport the patients.

Many of the drama students were wearing make-up to mimic their including bloody wounds and burnt skin.

One also added to the realism by continuously shouting at the paramedic students to ‘look after her father’.

The students were all using authentic equipment including stretchers, IV bags, bandages and oxygen masks.