Disaster Drill: Save the Most Lives Possible

Students respond to a simulated tornado strike on the Marion Campus in this mock disaster drill.

Marion Technical College wants the health students to be prepared to respond to any disaster. To provide real-world experience, students participated in a mock disaster drill this spring. Senior nursing students could earn certifications in SMART triage and Stop the Bleed. Keith Severns, EMS/SIM/Outreach Coordinator, AHA Training Center Coordinator/Director from OhioHealth Marion General, lead the mock disaster drill with the help of MTC nursing faculty.

Don’t panic! This was only a drill.

Simulating a mock tornado strike, more than 60 students played the roles of trauma patients with a variety of injuries, including fake wounds. About 75 health students practiced triage with the victims sprawled around the Marion Campus.

In addition to nursing students, medical assisting students, diagnostic medical sonography students, and physical therapy assisting students helped assess, transport, diagnose and treat the mock victims. The mock tornado struck several times, giving students a chance to review what went well and improve for the next mock disasters, as well as to play different roles in the triage effort.

“This exercise helps to prepare our health care professionals for the workforce. The students develop their assessment skills and their ability to prioritize patient care,” said Tanya Grandillo, Nursing Faculty. “This is just another way that Marion Technical College helps to prepare our students and also utilizes the partnership that we have with OhioHealth to serve Marion and the surrounding community.”

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