In partnership with A.T. Still University, health-care students at the East Valley Institute of Technology were to take part in a trauma simulation lab Thursday, May 14, using a computer-controlled dummy that simulates talking, bleeding, heart attack, stroke, etc.
Three EVIT programs – Surgical Technology, Emergency Medical Technician, and Practical Nursing – were to participate in the drills three to four times during the day at EVIT’s Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa. The first drill was at 9:30 a.m.
A.T. Still University provided the $80,000 dummy for the drills. Jim Burkett, ATSU’s program director and instructor for the university’s Physician’s Assistant program, was to be controlling the dummy with a laptop computer. The drill was to start with the EMT class calling ahead to the operating room in the EVIT School of Health Sciences stating that they were bringing in a trauma patient. The Surgical Technology students, with help from the Practical Nursing students, were then to scramble in the OR to prepare for the trauma patient.
Surgical Technology and Practical Nursing are adult education programs at EVIT. The EMT program enrolls high school students, as well as adults. For more information, visit www.evit.com.