Disaster simulations following ShakeOutBC
Vancouver, B.C. – On Thursday, Oct. 18, 275 health sciences students from Vancouver Community College (VCC) will be participating in a college-wide disaster triage training through 16 simulations including 45 “casualties” with life-like wounds and injuries. The simulations will begin immediately following the ShakeOutBC earthquake drill and a full evacuation of the college.
“The importance of this Interprofessional Education (IPE) simulation is to assist the health science students in understanding the importance of working within teams where collaboration is essential in responding during a disaster,” says Meridy Black, instructor, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN).
“Many people know they should plan for the ‘big event’ but few people do it,” says Shirley Clarke, instructor, BScN. “This event will heighten the awareness of the need for preparation, self-reliance, and cooperation.”
Interprofessional simulations such as this are based on the IPE and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). This is a foundation for achieving safe, high quality, accessible, patient-centered care. VCC plans for this to be a building block to disaster preparedness for the entire college, then outward to our community.
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Date: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
10:18 a.m. Shake Out drill followed by full evacuation of college
10:40 a.m. Disaster triage simulations lasting approximately 50 minutes
Location: VCC Broadway campus, 1120 E. 7th Ave., Building B with simulations on 3rd and 4th floors
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Vancouver Community College
T: 604.871.7000, ext. 7531