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Hands-on practice: local health care providers enjoy simulation training

It’s not every day that local emergency medical technicians can practice their skills without fear of repercussions.

That’s exactly what they got to do Thursday, though, at Life Flight Network’s Simulation Tour held at the La Grande Fire Department.

The free annual training gave 26 health care providers a chance to get hands-on practice using high-fidelity mannequins and high-tech equipment.

“They’re pre-hospital providers at all levels,” said Tim Peck, manager of
La Grande’s Life Flight base. “It’s geared toward the emergent treatment of the sick and injured.”

EMTs, paramedics and nurses from across the region gathered at the fire station for a day-long training to hone a variety of skills.

At one station, the providers worked with chicken and eggs, relatively inexpensive tools, to practice intraosseous infusions, the process of injecting directly into bone marrow. 

“It’s more of a life-saving procedure when you’re not able to do a traditional IV,” said Patrick Willis, a Life Flight paramedic. “Eggs would be similar to a newborn’s bone. Chicken bone is more like an adult.”

At another station, the emergency responders were given a scenario in which they had to respond as they would in real life for an unknown pediatric ailment.

“I’ll give you the read-in and you guys do your thing,” said medic Peter Benjamin, a LFN employee based in
La Grande and instructor at the training. “We’ll debrief at the end.”

At the end of the lessons, instructors went over scenarios with the providers to discuss how to improve and where they did well.

“We’re not grading you, we’re not judging you. I want you guys to learn something from this,” Benjamin said. “We are here to learn from each other.”

For the complete story, see Friday's edition of The Observer. 

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