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River Falls Area Hospital, EMS partner for regional pediatric trauma drill

RIVER FALLS, Wis. 03/26/2015
Registered nurses April Shuneson and Sarah Condon evaluate Madeline Bayer

Registered nurses April Shuneson and Sarah Condon evaluate Madeline Bayer, one of the 17-year-old "victims," observed by Dan Morth, member of the Regions Hospital EMS education team.

Emergency nurses and paramedics had their skills tested during a drill involving six seriously wounded patients including two children.

The scenario played out Wednesday (March 25) when River Falls Area Hospital nurses and EMS personnel responded to reports of a head-on collision between two cars.

Four "patients"–played by family members and friends of hospital employees–including children aged four and 10, were extricated from the cars by EMS staff, while another two patients made their own way into the Emergency Department. All were evaluated and treatment plans were discussed.

The exercise was coordinated by the trauma education team from Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

"This was a great opportunity for our nurses because it provides a chance to enhance our teamwork and patient outcomes," said Cyndy Bayer, trauma coordinator for River Falls Area Hospital. "Also, in a setting like this, where we are working with River Falls Area Ambulance and Regions Hospital in a simulated trauma situation, it fosters teamwork, communication, and trust between our different agencies."

The drill involved registered and anesthesia nurses, an emergency medicine physician and employees from respiratory therapy, radiology, laboratory and pharmacy to practice the hospital-wide response to a trauma situation. "I think you did a really good job," said Karen Manor, the critical care education specialist from Regions Hospital who coordinated the exercise. "The day we quit learning is the day we should get out of this field."

About River Falls Area Hospital

River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a not-for-profit regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in western Wisconsin - from disease prevention to innovative diagnostic and treatment services for simple to complex medical conditions. The hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, cancer care and emergency care services.

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