Everything that we learned today was great, but I have to admit that the most exciting thing we were taught was the focused spine assessment. Up to this point in all of our scenarios we assumed that the patient had a spinal injury. This meant stabilizing the patients neck and spine until definitive care arrived. Now we know how to rule out a spinal injury by applying a focused spine assessment after the initial steps of the assessment.
We also learned how to treat fractured ribs, fractured clavicles, flail chest, shock and head injuries! The day was full of scenarios that gave us tons of practice assessing patients and using our new skills to get to the root of the problem!
Photo 1 – Brad stabilize John’s spine while Bob check his vitals during a patient assessment scenario.
Photo 2 – J-Lo capped off his final day of instructions with an impromptu splinter removal. Rebecca “gloved up” and took on the challenge!