Wilderness medicine exercise – Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


[Music] [DR. NESBIT] The goal today is to get people out of the
classroom and a little bit out of their comfort zone and get them a little bit of education
in things they may not necessarily experience and things that you typically wouldn’t experience
but may need to you may be called on to act in some of these situations. We’re going to do scenarios involving a mauling
by an animal, a gun shot wound which is not an uncommon thing for an emergency medicine
physician to encounter, lighting strikes which of course are always a danger in the summer
time with any outdoor activity, and a very common scenarios that we’re going to run through
is anaphylaxis to bee stings.Which is really no different than a bad peanut allergy that
many people are familiar with. ” My friends got, my friends got struck by
lightning!” [NICHOLAS] So when I first got there, there was three
patients that were just laying on the ground and you don’t really have much to work with
and you got someone screaming for help. So you know initially, you’re kind of surprised
and you’re a little nervous, but then you know you your training kicks in, you get your colleagues
to help you to treat the patients. So the first thing we had to was triage the
sickest patients from the least sick patient and provide emergent care to the patients
who needed it the most. The hardest part of the exercise was trying
to figure out what resources were available to you and when you realize you didn’t have
something you needed to improvise in order to provide the best care to the patient. “It’s okay, it’s alright.” This is a great team building exercise, for
the residents in emergency medicine and family community medicine. It helps to build collegiality between the
two programs, we work very closely together and although we’re in different departments
we do have very ya know very similar interests. “Hey sir how ya doing? Good, alright we’re talking, air way is good.” Well I think when you get hands on experience,
like we did today, it really sticks a lot better. You learn a lot more from actually practicing
with the tools that are provided to us rather than kind of sitting in just a classroom and having
someone you know give you a lecture. I think that you learn a lot more when you
get to practice the medicine. I think that any exercise that allows us to
work better together helps us to provide better patient care which is really what all this
is exercise is about today. [Music]

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