Air National Guard Simulation

By Sarah Schaub

The Air National Guard (ANG) 141st Medical Group from Fairchild Air Force Base attended their quarterly simulation/medical skills training at the College of Nursing this past weekend.

Thirty medics were in attendance for the all day training. Their training objective was to learn and practice primary and secondary survey assessment on patients. Half of the day was spent conducting cast care and the second half involved smalls groups participating in simulated patient exercises. The patient, a high-fidelity manikin that is able to produce the behaviors and symptoms of a real patient, was a 32-year-old male who had undergone a bi-lateral above the knee amputation after sustaining injuries from an IED explosion. He was on a ventilator and each group experienced a different set of problems and symptoms.

“This is great training for new medics who wouldn’t get the experience otherwise,” said Kevin Stevens, Director for the Center of Clinical Performance and Simulation at the College of Nursing. “They get hands-on, realistic training that will prepare them for deployment.”

During the first group’s simulation, the patient experienced hypovolemia, a condition in which blood volume is too low. For the second group, the patient experienced a pneumothorax, a collapsed lung, which required the medics to administer a needle decompression and insert a chest tube.

“Our simulation center at the college in Spokane is truly an asset benefiting the local healthcare community. These medics might not have had the opportunity to practice skills like putting in a chest tube and needle decompression without a manikin,” said Stevens.

For the third group, the patient experienced ventricular fibrillation, a life-threatening heart rhythm that results in rapid, inadequate heartbeat, which resulted in a code for the patient.

The ANG has partnered with the college for simulation trainings since 2009. The next training is scheduled for May.