Mass Casualty Simulation Exercise

April 26, 2013

Lorain County Community College professors from the areas of Nursing and Emergency Medical Services celebrated the grand opening of LCCC’s Health Simulation Center by hosting a mass causality training exercise. The College partnered with North Ridgeville Fire Department and Patton’s Towing to create a realistic bus accident with over 20 patients with multiple traumatic injuries.

The simulation began when a driver, distracted by texting, missed a stop sign and drove into a bus, hitting several pedestrians in the process. Over 50 Paramedic and Nursing students participated in the exercise utilizing disaster management skills. The disaster occurred at the new LCCC University Partnership Ridge Campus at 32121 Lorain Road in North Ridgeville.

Student feedback was positive. Nursing student, Adam Wendorff, stated that he appreciated seeing the patient’s perspective and will consider that point of view in his nursing career. Julia Blair, paramedic student, said that she was impressed by the realism of the event and felt she was caring for actual patients.

The college simulation team plans to host similar events in the future and hopes to assist community organizations in meeting their training needs.

Any organization that is interested in utilizing the facility should contact the LCCC Health and Wellness Division at 440-366-4015.