Seton Hall University nursing and healthcare students recently participated in a mock disaster drill at the schools fieldhouse on the South Orange, N.J., campus.
The disaster simulated a partial roof collapse that caused a variety of injuries, including electrical and fire burns, amputations, broken bones, sprains, bumps and bruises, according to a news release.
Co-sponsored by the Leaders in Healthcare student organization at the College of Nursing and the School of Health and Medical Sciences, the drill brought together 10 responder students, 22 injured students and seven faculty members who conducted and observed the event.
The challenge was for uninjured students, who were also trapped, to triage the injured and scrounge for supplies to stabilize injuries until outside EMS arrived, guest speaker Kathe Conlon, RN, BSN, CEM, MSHS, who serves as burn emergency preparedness coordinator, Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Barnabas Health Office of Emergency Management, Livingston, N.J., said in the release. They had to establish incident command, which is a system implemented to organize disaster response, and a triage area to assess and rank injured according to severity. Injuries ranged from green [walking wounded] to yellow [moderate] to red [critical] to black [expectant].
The drill focused on identifying correct methods for operating a disaster scene.
Denisse Puente, vice president of Leaders in Healthcare, said the disaster simulation gave her an opportunity to step back and observe everything from a distance, according to the release.
It allowed for me to learn to pick up on the things that the responders and commander would probably not notice due to the chaos and the constant movement, she said. I learned the importance of working together and making use of the resources near you.