15 February 2016
At the beginning of the year the first year paramedic students from all of the BSc courses at the uni went for a simulation day at Hazard Alley over the course of a week. Of course, for this to take place the uni needed some patients for the first years to treat and this is where the second year students came in to the picture. Having been through Hazard Alley as a first year student last year (see my first blog post) many of my cohort were willing to come and help out over the week playing various patient presentations.
Over the week I was: A cyclist hit by a car, someone who fell from a railway bridge, a stabbing victim, a confused elderly man, and many other presentations. It was good fun to see the event from the instructors side (much less stressful than being the crew last year!), seeing the progress the first years have made and providing feedback to reflect on prior to them starting on the road in a couple of months time. The scenarios this year were highly realistic complete with simulated wounds and gunshots being fired in the major incident scenarios.
The week was also beneficial for me, seeing both good and bad aspects of the first years practice and reflecting on how I would respond to that situation if I were the attending paramedic.