|Students worked with paramedics during the simulated emergency.|
The simulated incident was important training for the students, particularly for building skills in reacting to an outside emergency and working closely with paramedics in handover protocol.
The students, playing the roles of doctors, were first on the scene, had to treat the ‘patient’ then do the face-to-face handover to the paramedics. The ambulance then transported the patient back to the school, where all students participated in an educational session about plastering.
The students followed the ISBAR model of patient care and clinical handover: Introduction, Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation.
|A close look at the inside of the ambulance before handing over to Emergency Department doctors|
Back at the Monash Rural Health Mildura, there was a simulated demonstration of a paramedic handing over to the Emergency Department doctor and then a plastering session in the Sim Lab.
“This type of training is not only great for developing effective communication but it helps to give students an understanding of the approach to clinical communication and community handover in a health care setting,” Kendall Livingstone, Manager Monash Rural Health Mildura, said.
The students were in Mildura for two weeks to experience some aspects of rural health services. They joined 33 other medical students who were already in Mildura on longer placements of between six and 38 weeks.