Panola College recently received a donation from the Marshall Fire Department of an ambulance that was retired from service. This ambulance will be used in conjunction with the simulation lab in conducting training for the Emergency Medical students in basic and paramedic training.
“Until the donation of the ambulance, all training was done with just a stretcher (also donated by MFD) and our simulation mannequin “Simman,” said Ronnie Morton, Director of the EMS Program. “We recently made Simman, also known as “Sam,” wireless so that he could be moved around and not have to be tethered to an electrical plug.
We are now able to actually put Sam in the back of the ambulance and have the students actually work in a confined space that is more realistic than the classroom. “
“Simulation is the way a lot of the material will be taught in the future,” Morton continued. “I can get a healthy person to come be a patient for the class, but when you’re trying to teach abnormal breath sounds or different cardiac problems on a healthy person it just isn't the same as teaching it on Sam.
With Sam as the patient, the instructor can actually make him talk, have different breath sounds during a difficulty breathing situation. When simulating a cardiac call, Sam can go from a conscious patient having chest pain to a full cardiac arrest patient. Students will see all this when Sam is hooked up to the monitor and can apply appropriate procedures to bring Sam back to life. If they do not do it right, Sam can actually die. During the scenario all procedures are recorded so that after the call, the instructor is able to brief the student on what was done right or what was done wrong so that the student learns from their mistakes in a controlled environment.
None of this would be possible without the generosity of the City of Marshall and the Marshall Fire Department’s donation of the retired ambulance. The Panola College Emergency Services Training Department would like to thank them again for their generous donation to help expand the knowledge of future students