The Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai (HCT-Dubai), Women’s Campus, held the 9th Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Learning by Doing exercise earlier this week. Our high school students attended and watched everyone in action.
Both male and female Bachelor degree Health Sciences students studying Disaster Management, Emergency Medical Services and Medical Imaging, together with students from Applied Communications, took part in a multiple road traffic accident simulation, allowing students to apply their critical care skills in a safe, but authentically challenging environment. The event was generously supported by a number of industry partners.
The Dubai Corporation of Ambulance Services brought the world’s largest mobile hospital ambulance fleet to the event allowing students to practice their futures as Emergency Medical Services professionals. Dubai Police created an authentic disaster scenario by providing suitably damaged car wrecks for accident ‘victims’ and the Dubai Police Air-wing added a touch of drama with a helicopter disaster evacuation.
Dubai Civil Defense tested students skills in coping with vehicle fire and rescue scenarios, while senior personnel from Dubai Corporation of Ambulance Services, Dubai Police and Dubai Civil Defense were on hand to provide professional guidance on disaster scene management, advanced life support and rescue.
Doctors, nurses and ambulance staff from Welcare Hospital, Le Royal Meridien, Grosvenor House and Jumeirah Beach hotels added a further touch of reality by working alongside students and assessing them on their critical care skills.
Staff and students from HCT Dubai acted as victims suffering from minor to critical injuries. The Applied Communications students were on the scene to practice their journalistic, TV and still photography skills.
The Emergency Medical Services students were at the forefront of the emergency to treat at the roadside before transporting patients from the scene of the accident to the simulated hospital, where patients were safely handed over to Medical Imaging students for emergency diagnostic simulation.
Medical Imaging students from Abu Dhabi Men’s College got up extra early in the morning to get to the ‘field hospital’ in time to help their fellow students in Dubai cope with the extra influx of ‘patients’.