Updated: January 06, 2020 06:53 PM
Created: January 06, 2020 06:40 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Before Mayo Once helicopter crew members go out into the field, they spend three months rigorously training.
Monday, a future team trained in Mayo Clinic’s simulation lab, learning how to respond to difficult airway situations.
"They obtain a patient report. It was a patient that was involved in a small house fire, suffered smoke inhalation injuries. It's the crew's job to assess the patient and make a decision about whether they need to intervene with an advanced airway or intubation,” said Flight Nurse and Instructor Rob Brundige.
Flight Nurse Kari Poirier and Flight Paramedic Nick Bast practiced responding to this situation.
"You have to figure out what you and your partner can do and can't do. How you can move depending on the type of patient you have. How big they are, how tall they are,” said Poirier.
The patient is more advanced than the standard dummy.
"We can listen to lung sounds, feel pulses. Our patients are talking to us, they can hear us,” said Bast.
As the crew treats the patient, a team of experienced members watch and give feedback at the end of the scenario.
"Not just what I can do better next time, but what can we do better. Can I have Kari do something different than what I can do at that time? Just being able to work together as a team,” said Bast.
Poirier and Bast are about halfway done with their training.
"We've attended classes, we do clinicals, we've been on the pediatric ICU units, we've had time with our respiratory therapists,” said Poirier.
When they take flight for real, she knows they’ll both be ready.
"You know what it's going to be like, you know how to package a patient when you leave a facility, and you know you can tell the patient what to expect,” she said.
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