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What would you do if you were faced with a major incident? That’s the question our healthcare students were faced with last week in our Major Incident Simulation. The ‘MIS’ as we like to call it is a realistic accident scenario- just think of it as a real life episode of ‘Casualty’. We have our actors playing the casualties (complete with gory wounds!), our cameramen filming all the action but there’s just one difference- our healthcare students treating the patients aren’t acting. For them, this is the perfect opportunity to put their expert training into practice.

Along with fire fighters and the police, our health students are challenged to rescue and respond to the situation as though it were a real-life incident. Casualties are then assessed and treated by our students at the authentic hospital facilities based at our state-of-the-art Seacole Building. There’s certainly no script when it comes to our Major Incident Simulation

First on the scene at this year’s (Wednesday 25 March 2015) MIS were our Paramedic students. 

Here’s first year Paramedic student Jack Gee’s account of the day… 

Being a part of the Major Incident Simulation was amazing because there was so much planning that went into it; from the special FX makeup of the patients to the scenario itself. This meant that the experience was extremely realistic and when you’re involved, you definitely get drawn into thinking its a real incident.

Before the major incident started, I felt quite nervous because I did not know what to expect, as I haven’t been involved in a major incident before.

I was paired with a second year paramedic student who was absolutely great and made me feel calmer. I was able to follow her lead, which made everything run more smoothly. However, there was an urge of excitement going through me as this is what we are trained for and although incidents like this do not happen often, they do happen and it’s better to be well prepared for them.

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During the simulation, you experience what we call ‘tunnel vision’ and you start focusing more. That draws you into thinking it’s a real event and you start acting as if you would out in practice. This definitely prepares students for a major incident because you get a feel for what it’s like with different services interacting with one another for the best possible outcome.

You not only get to see how the fire service act but also other healthcare professionals such as nurses, midwives, ODPs, doctors and radiographers, and it makes you respect each other a lot more.

For future students who are going to be a part of this, I would advise that you refresh your knowledge and practice your skills as all of them are brought together in this simulation. But by taking part, you find your strengths and weaknesses so you can improve on your performance.

Overall, this is a great experience to be a part of and everyone who can take part, should take advantage of this!

Find out more about our healthcare courses including Paramedic Science on our Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences page

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