17th April 2013
3M products played a central role in a simulated emergency scenario involving Birmingham City University healthcare students and the West Midlands Fire Service.
It began with a horrific ‘road crash’ resulting in multiple casualties with the victims being rescued by the fire service and ambulance service. The casualties were then rushed to a mock hospital set up in the university, where more than 100 students put their training into practice.
Taking part were student nurses, paramedics, radiographers, operating department practitioners (ODPs) and university course leaders and lecturers working in an authentic hospital setting, with the whole scenario filmed and covered by media students and local news teams.
The equipment they used in the operating theatre emergency scenario included the 3M™ Ranger™ Blood & Fluid Warming Systems and 3M™ Ranger™ Pressure Infusion System and Bair Hugger Therapy Temperature Management Unit - all used to prevent hypothermia in trauma situations - which were supplied by Clinical Field Support Danny Brannan.
Danny is a registered ODP who worked in the NHS for 19 years before joining the 3M Patient Warming Solutions team. He had been at the university with Clinical Field Support manager Sara Diss carrying out training to student ODPs when he got talking to a former work colleague who is now a lecturer in operating department practice.
“He told me about the emergency simulation day and asked if there was any way that 3M could help with loaning some equipment to make the theatre scenario as real as possible for the students.
“We only had four days notice so we had to pull out all the stops, but with help of my 3M colleagues at Loughborough we got them the equipment they needed,” said Danny, who also assisted on the day.
“It was the first event of its kind run by the university and it was an unbelievable day. They had volunteers playing some of the casualties along with the most amazing mannequins that even had false blood coming from their injuries.
“It was very cutting edge within the simulation centre theatre at the university as the students were put through their paces in effort to save the patient. And, with 3M patient warming products being used throughout the scenario by the students, it was a great opportunity for them to practice their skills in a major incident scenario.
“The course leaders and students were very grateful to 3M for the equipment and support we provided at short notice, giving the students the best learning environment as possible and would like us to support next year’s event as well – hopefully with a little more notice next time!”