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Texas A&M: Students Plan, Coordinate and Take Part in Nation’s Largest Interprofessional Disaster Response Simulation

Students from across Texas A&M Health at the colleges of public health, medicine, pharmacy and nursing, as well as psychology and veterinary students and the Corps of Cadets, took part in the one-day event aptly called Disaster Day, the largest student-led interprofessional disaster response simulation in the nation. This large-scale drill teaches health professions students how to work collaboratively to manage disasters and provide timely and appropriate patient care. Dr. Angela Clendenin of the Texas A&M School of Public Health is among those describing in this video the emergency response training Disaster Day provides students, preparing them for when real disasters strike.

For the live action simulation, a new scenario is selected each year and kept secret until event day to provide the realism of an unexpected situation. Last year’s event was a chemical explosion and building collapse, and this year’s event simulated an earthquake where more than 700 students engaged in triage at the disaster site, patient care at a mock field hospital, and disaster management and simulation oversight at Disaster City’s Emergency Operations Training Center.

The students had to react to mass “injuries,” with other students in makeup portraying victims with various degrees of wounds, from cuts to compound fractures. The students mimicked panicked patients as they screamed, cried and pleaded for help. At the end of each exercise, instructors and other observers critiqued student teams on their clinical skills, teamwork and communication to help improve their skills for a real-life disaster and their practice after graduation.

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