Ohio University medical students train for disasters with simulated exercise

Ohio University Medical students treat patients during a mass casualty simulation Saturday. (Carl Todhunter/WBNS-10TV)

DUBLIN -- Dozens of Ohio University medical students are receiving a first-hand lesson on how to handle victims in a mass casualty.

More than 45 first- and second-year students from the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine took part in a simulation of a building collapse and a school shooting.

“These situations are happening more and more frequently,” second-year medical student Maggie Helfrich said.

“It is very unfortunate but getting prepared and knowing what to do in those situations is vital.”

With help from Ohio Health, Med Flight and the Washington Township Fire Department students learned to address the medical needs from more than 30 victims at once with various injuries at a Dublin facility.

“Part of the training is telling them what to do and how to do it but also being able to do it under pressure,” simulation medical director for Akron based Summa health system Rami Ahmed said.

In its second year, the program is popular among students with many saying the lifelike experience is the best way to test their skills.

“If there was a mass causality event I would kind of feel more comfortable in what to do and help as many people as possible,” Helfrich said.

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