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Published: 17 April 2013

Paramedic students tackle car crash training

No two days are ever the same for the emergency services. The same could be said for student paramedics at the University of Surrey.

Whether it’s a session in the University’s simulation suite or a day dealing with real patients while on placement, Paramedic Practice students are constantly on the go, developing the skills they need to become a qualified paramedic.

As part of their training, third year students took part in a realistic simulation exercise which revealed the kind of life-or-death situations they might face when called to the scene of a car crash.

The trauma workshop took place at Surrey Fire Training Centre in Reigate and saw students work alongside professional ambulance and fire crews to tackle a range of challenging situations, including removing a casualty from a car using an extrication board and working out how to access and treat two patients thrown from a motorcycle down a ravine.

Students also had the chance to play the role of a patient and experience the noise and terror of being trapped in a vehicle as it was being cut away around them.

The workshop was organised by the University of Surrey, South East Coast Ambulance Service and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and complements student paramedics’ academic learning, experience in the University’s simulation suite and the training they receive on placement.

Claire Horsfield, Paramedic Practice Tutor at University of Surrey, said: “The students really enjoyed and learned from the experience. They finished feeling more autonomous and confident working as part of a professional team.

“During the workshop, the students had to deal with the frustrations of not being able to get to their patients, and the challenges of trying to communicate with their colleagues over the noise of the generators and cutting equipment. The scenario challenged the students to bring together all that they have learned about managing patients while under pressure.

The workshops give students real insight into the career possibilities, and the areas they might specialise in a few years down the line.”

Our Paramedic Practice degree includes a mix of academic study, clinical skills training in the University’s simulation suite and varied professional placements, ensuring students are fully prepared for life as a professional paramedic when they graduate.

Find out more about our Paramedic Practice BSc (Hons) degree.