NWU nursing students get first-hand trauma experience

Johan Van Zyl -- Wed, 03/30/2016 - 13:48

NWU nursing students get first-hand trauma experience

Students of the School of Nursing on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has experienced first-hand what it means to get trauma patients to the hospital.

Under the supervision of ER24 paramedics and fire fighters of the Tlokwe Municipality, 87 nursing students had to deal with multiple trauma situations. All scenarios were of serious accidents where the patients had various injuries and symptoms. The students had to assess the patients and decide how to deal with their injuries.

The “patients” were all students of Potchefstroom Academy. They used make up to imitate serious wounds.
Mooiriver Beskerming helped out with the exercise by acting as security on the scene. ER24 paramedics and fire fighters gave students guidance where necessary.

Dr Ronel Pretorius who organised the day, said that this type of training is essential to gain experience for when such an incident takes place.
Dr Anita Groenewald handled the theoretical lectures followed by Dr Johann Horn who presented a seminar on ethics in emergency treatment.