Training Simulation Gives Texas A&M Students Lessons in Disaster Response | Local News

Veterinary students were sent to help care for pets that were affected by the fire, Marklund said.

At the field hospital, people representing injured patients imitated injuries and demonstrated trauma by shouting, limping or crying.

If life-threatening injured patients don’t get the care they need in a timely manner, they will die, said Gerard Carrino, department head and teaching professor at Texas A&M’s School of Public Health.

Carrino said management policy and health administration students were also included in the exercise, to simulate processes that would protect public health.

Justin Dugie, a freshman at Texas A&M University College of Medicine, served as the incident commander during the event, coordinating the scenario and disseminating information to the various groups.

“We can’t mingle as much as I would like and so this is one of those situations where you get a direct view of what the nurses are doing and their responsibilities versus what the doctors are doing versus what pharmacists do,” Dugie said. “For many of these people this is their first chance to work in a relatively stressful environment, and so trainings like this are the only way for them to find out what you need to work on and how to improve, so when it actually happens, you I don’t waste time wasting people.

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