In late April, Mrs. Smith's Nursing Assistant classes at the Career Center applied the first aid skills they've learned to an active disaster drill lab.
The scenario was a gas line explosion in a busy medical clinic. After dividing into "victim" and "responder" teams, the students worked through the process of triage (prioritizing medical care based upon critical injury assessment.)
A third team of students acted as the moulage and staging team, applying makeup and prosthetic injuries to lend realism to the activity.
Moulage is the art of applying mock injuries for the purpose of training Emergency Response Teams and other medical and military personnel.
The "responders" assessed their "patients" and identified their status ranging from healthy and uninjured to deceased. After assessing, triage and treating; the class gathered to review their findings and collaborate on what they learned.