Radiologic Technology Program Provides Hands-on Trauma Simulation to Students
December 19, 2013
The College of Nursing and Health Professions’ Radiologic Technology Program recently provided their students with a unique trauma simulation experience, blending knowledge from the classroom with the fast-paced feel of an Emergency Room that is aligned with Drexel’s hands-on approach to learning. Students were able to go beyond the books and experience what it is really like to work as radiologic technicians. Participating students Michael Pidutti and Danielle Dougherty share their thoughts on the experience:
As a second year student in the Radiologic Technology Program at Drexel, I’ve seen multiple trauma cases and have participated as much as possible alongside residents and techs. These experiences have proven to increase my overall knowledge of trauma cases and have improved my critical thinking skills, and I think the Drexel Radiologic Technology Program takes this into account and realizes the importance of hands-on experiences for students.
When they put five of us in a trauma simulation room with a screaming patient, blood and broken bones, and an impatient doctor, hands-on critical thinking was key. To prepare us for the emergency trauma simulation, each student was designated the role of a nurse, technologist, or an ER aide. We were given the projections ordered by the doctor and quickly had to assess the severity of the situation, organize our thoughts and performance agenda, and work as a team. Our efforts proved a success as treatment to the trauma patient involved organization, compassion, speed, and efficient communication. Each student left the simulation with a sense of accomplishment; a true reflection of the program and the experience.
My experience in the trauma simulation was fascinating. As a Rad Tech student, normally one would think that we would not be as involved as nurses or doctors are in responding to a trauma. However, taking multiple X-rays in such a rushed and fast-paced atmosphere is quite important and needed in Radiography. The trauma simulation was a great experience and will aid my work in future clinical settings. The blood, the pain, and the neediness from the patient are all essential factors I had to take into consideration during the simulation. I learned to always keep calm and perform my job to the fullest extent. I benefitted greatly from this exercise because I will use these tactics in the field now that I have learned and had the chance to experience this kind of situation hands-on.