“Our Attempt to Reinvigorate the Educational Process:” Central Ky. Program Trains Future Paramedics

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Central Kentucky Paramedic Program held a mock multi-victim incident (‘MCI’) in Nicholasville on Friday afternoon at Berryman Farm.

The mock trauma simulation was made up of 14 students from the Central Kentucky Paramedic Program, and other agencies were on hand to help, including the Air Evac and Lexington EMS airlift team.

“This is our attempt to reinvigorate the educational process,” said Elizabeth Harney, director of the paramedic program. “So they learned about triage, incident command, how to tell your critical patients from your less critical patients, and get them to the places they need.”

The 14 students translated their literary knowledge into real-world experiences, with actors wearing prosthetics to mimic real injuries.

“They see some of the things that are actually going to happen in the real world, some of the issues, and make them stop and think about how to adapt,” said Paramedic Instructor Brad Case.

Case said the ability to think through intense situations is part of being a paramedic.

“It’s not just about knowing the medical aspect and the knowledge, but being able to assess the situation, think logically about the issues and deal with the issues that arise,” Case said.

This mass casualty incident training also showed students how to scale from one patient at a time to twenty at a time.

“Something as severe as a tornado comes through and takes our hundreds of people. That’s a lot for anyone, even the most experienced vendors,” Case said.

Another aspect that the students learned during the simulation was how to work with different agencies that will also come to help them.

“Your hands are going to be busy dealing with people. So anytime you have this type of big storyline, multiple agencies are involved, and that tends to create a lot of confusion for people,” Case said.

The paramedic shortage in Kentucky may not be what it used to be in numbers, but the paramedic program still maintains its excellent standards. The Kentucky Board of EMS shows that from 2015 to 2020, EMS certifications have dropped nearly 82%.

“We cannot solve the paramedic shortage alone, what we can control is the quality and readiness of the paramedics we put in place in our communities across Kentucky,” Harney said. .

Friday’s training came as Governor Beshear considers legislation to modify and streamline some EMS operations.

To become a paramedic with the Central Kentucky Paramedic Program, click on the following link: HourlyyouLe de Classes – Professionals in Emergency Medical Education (emtpky.com)

Ryan H. Bowman