Van Wert High School students in Mr. Rollins’ Biomedical class were treated to an unexpected surprise on Monday. Van Wert Fire & EMS demonstrated how they respond to an emergency by providing a live simulation for the class. Mr. Rollins was first on the scene to find Mrs. Garcia, the medical mannequin used in the simulation, unresponsive and called 9-1-1. He ushered the first responders onto the scene and they provided a first-hand look at how they respond to this type of scenario by attempting to provide Mrs. Garcia with an IV, starting CPR, and even using a defibrillator. With little response from Mrs. Garcia, they stabilized her for transport and rushed her out the door to the ambulance.
After completing the simulation, the first responders walked the students through the scene, from the ABC’s of first aid (airway, breathing, and circulation) to the medicines administered on-scene to the various types of equipment used, including their new AutoPulse resuscitation system. While the Van Wert Fire & EMS average response time is only five minutes, it’s crucial that people know how to help while waiting for an ambulance to arrive; if a person is not breathing, they can begin to suffer brain damage in as little as four to six minutes.
A huge thank you to Van Wert Fire Department staff Craig King, Ed Carter, and Pat Freeman for providing the simulation!