A program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic is ensuring future paramedics can act confidently when helping out patients in the future.
Advanced Care Paramedic students at Saskatoon’s SaskPolytech had the chance to respond to simulated emergency calls dealing with respiratory issues, severe burns and head injuries on Friday. The students were required to take care of their robotic patient while waiting for STARS Air Ambulance to help them out.
Instructor Kim Johnston says this program has a very simple purpose: to eliminate potential mistakes made once these students dive into the workforce.
The ACP students deal with technology-enhanced mannequins that emit vital signs, blood pressure and a variety of movements — including breathing and a heartbeat.
Johnston says the program has been very successful as many former students have gone on to work with STARS or other paramedic health services.
One of the students, Lyneah Kuffert, says it’s a valuable experience and helps trigger faster responses to potential scenarios.
“You don’t have time to think when you’re out in the field,” explained Kuffert. “Lots of times, you just need to act.”
The three-year program has been available in Regina for 40 years, but this is the fourth year in Saskatoon.
(With files from CJWW)