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Case EMS 'saves the day' at mass casualty drill

Meredith Collier

Issue date: 9/25/09 Section: News
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Case EMS personnel wheel a 'victim' out of Carlton Commons after a simulated gas explosion that 'injured' 30 students and 'killed' three.
Case EMS personnel wheel a 'victim' out of Carlton Commons after a simulated gas explosion that 'injured' 30 students and 'killed' three.
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The scene at Carlton Commons last Saturday was dire: injured students, overturned furniture, ambulances, and blood- sort of. The students were all volunteer victims, and none of the blood spilled on Saturday was real. "There was fake blood everywhere," said junior Nick Badger, a member of Case EMS and the triage officer for Case EMS's Mass Casualty Drill.

"A Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) is any situation where the number of patients or extent of their injuries overwhelms an EMS department's personnel and resources," explained junior Travis Clark, chief of Case EMS. "It is important for every EMS department to be prepared for any emergency. In our case, it's very unlikely a large-scale disaster will occur will occur on campus- however, no matter the certainty, we must be prepared for anything."

Saturday's MCI was the second-ever held by Case EMS- the first was held in Dec. 2007. Clark, along with the rest of the executive board of Case EMS had been planning this drill since last April. "After the success of last week's drill, Case EMS is prepared to make this an annual event," Clark said.

Over thirty victims arrived at about 8 a.m. to Carlton, where they received a briefing on the "situation:" an accidental gas explosion had taken place during a student group meeting. The victims them received cards describing their injuries. Sunanda Mishra, a sophomore, said that they were told to act as realistically as possible. "That meant crying with pain and expressing confusion when asked 'what happened,'" said Mishra. "I was one of the 'walking wounded,' which meant that I was not as seriously injured as many of the other volunteers." Each victim was given a card describing their injuries, vitals, past medical history, and allergies, and was promptly whisked off to make-up.

"They were told what type of injuries they had- burns to the chest, with lacerations, broken arm, and we tried to make it look as close to that [injury] as possible, " said Bronwen Pitchford, a junior makeup volunteer. "We used stage makeup as well as latex and even some prosthetics, not to mention a lot of fake blood, to make the illusion. We even had one student who could actively squirt blood out of a wound."
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