Simulations Summary

Participants will engage in six different simulations involving Disaster Response and Emergency Medicine. These simulations are designed with specific learning objectives in mind to further the participant’s knowledge of various maladies and situational decision-making skills. The central theme designed into the simulations focuses on events that occur immediately following a hurricane sweeping through a metropolitan area. Scenarios may take place in the setting of an emergency response center or on scene at the site of the emergency. Three of the simulations will allow you to follow the patient from the initial presentation on scene through treatment and beyond.

Burn Simulation– Following many disasters, it can take time to rebuild the infrastructure, including power grids. During this time, people make do with what they can, but are often untrained in the necessary safety measures they should take, such as building home fires for cooking and warmth. A patient presents with varying degrees of burns and your team is responsible for their treatment.

Rapid Extrication Simulation– In the event of a disaster, you may find yourself coming across the scene of an emergency without the wide array of equipment available to you in a hospital or EMS setting. You may need to improvise using supplies and personal items available to you. Here, you will be responsible for identifying scene hazards and, if necessary, moving victims safely away from any danger.

EMS Experience Simulation– Emergency Medical Services are often the front-line response following a disaster. Here we will discuss the physical and emotional requirements for working the leading edge of Emergency Medicine, talk about personal experiences, and perhaps have some friendly competition that will put you in the shoes of an EMS responder.

Triage Simulation– Triage involves the rapid yet accurate assessment of patients in the emergency setting to maximize our ability to save lives. Here, we will discuss the START method (one of many) in EMS when responding to a mass casualty incident and then participants will get the chance to apply their newly learned skills.

Patient Experience Simulation– Following the mass casualty incident in the Triage Simulation, you will now follow one of your patients into the Emergency Response Center for treatment of their life-threatening injuries. We will focus not only on treatment options, but also on appropriate patient communication, made available through use of full-size interactive mannequins and the wireless simulation system.

Counseling Simulation– Counseling can be just as emotionally engaging and draining for the medical professional as for the patient and their family. It is important to develop empathetic communication skills early, and during this simulation we will practice our skills in speaking with the patient from the Patient Experience Simulation or their family.


Workshops Summary

The use of Toxicology during Medical Disasters: exposure to toxic substances and medical treatment– Dr. Joseph Thundiyil

Dr. Thundiyil, expert toxicologist, discusses medical management and treatment during chemical disasters including ways to diagnose and treat poisoning and exposure to hazardous toxic substances.

Experiences during the Haiti Earthquake-Dr. Steve Griffith

Dr. Steve Griffith expert in disaster medicine discusses his experiences in Haiti providing medical relief.

Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Relief and Medical Care-American Red Cross

Join the American Red Cross as they discuss their experience with the recent Hurricane Sandy including the challenges faced and the delivery of medical treatment during the disaster.

Emergency Communication Networks: Technological needs during a Modern Disaster-Dr. David Metcalf

Join David Metcalf as he discusses the technological needs and challenges during a disaster.

 Wilderness Medicine Workshop: The Essentials during a Wilderness Emergency-Steven Bright

Join fourth year UCF COM medical student Steven Bright as he discusses the essentials needed for first aid kits during wilderness emergencies. Learn about how to prioritize and triage when providing medical treatment during wilderness emergencies.

Getting Locally Involved with Disaster Relief –Medical Reserve Corps

 Learn about ways to become involved and volunteer to provide disaster relief during disaster and non-disaster periods. Central Florida’s Medical Reserve Corps serves to recruit volunteers to prepare for disaster and collaborate with local response agencies during times of disaster.