ORANGE COUNTY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES FIRST IN PRE-HOSPITAL COMPETITION 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 11, 2016)— Orange County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) placed first in the fourth annual May Day EMS Pre-hospital Competition sponsored by the Laerdal Corporation and coordinated by the UNC Trauma Program. 

The competition kicked off the annual May Day Trauma Conference that brings trauma health care providers from around the state to learn from top national trauma professionals.  The UNC Trauma Program and Carolina Air Care prepared a challenging scenario with multiple simulated patients for the competitors.   

“You have been dispatched to an unknown situation where a man has just called 911 saying he thinks he hit a house”.  This is what the teams heard as they entered the competition area.    Teams had seconds to quickly assess the simulated scene in which a pickup truck collided with a family before hitting their house.   Teams arrived to find three simulated patients; a deceased subject, still under the truck and two critically injured patients, one being a small child, the other a pregnant female.  The Regional Advisory Committee competition took place behind UNC Hospitals in Hillsborough.

Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) were established for the purpose of regional trauma planning, to include establishing and maintaining a coordinated trauma system.

The North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services oversees the RACs in North Carolina.

Following September 11, 2001, RAC responsibilities/members significantly expanded to account for increased disaster and terrorism related activities.  Orange County Emergency Services actively participates with the MidCarolina RAC planning, training, and education initiatives.   

The nine MidCarolina Regional Advisory Committee member counties are invited each year to compete in this trauma treatment simulation.    This year, teams from Cape Fear Valley Life Link Critical Care, Alamance County, Hoke County and Orange County participated in the competition.

Orange County’s team, Paramedics Amber Cates and Debbie Hilliard and EMT Guy Randell expertly assessed and treated the simulated critical injuries in a timed environment.  Demonstrating quick thinking, decisiveness and exceptional communication skills, the team was able to obtain the highest competition score by assessing and treating the simulated patients.  Laerdal brought realistic simulation manikins for the teams to assess and treat during the competition.   The manikins were able to provide accurate vital signs and physical injuries to add to the realism of the scenario.  

“We are proud of our team.  They responded and functioned in a stressful situation after careful practice and preplanning,” said Kim Woodward, EMS Operations Manager.  “Really all the teams that competed are winners because they take back crucial skills that may one day save a life.” 

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