Allstate Center provides hands-on training

Red sign over a hospital entrance that reads emergency

The St. Petersburg College Allstate Center recently installed a Simulated Ambulance Rig to provide hands-on training and experience to EMS and Paramedic students funded by the 2019–20 Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).

Built to the exact specifications of the real thing, the SimRig Ambulance allows students to learn through real-life scenarios within a controlled environment. With this experience, SPC students can transfer into the workforce with improved efficiency and accuracy in their work.

EMS students in blue uniforms receive hands-on training inside of the ambulance simulation while an instructors stands outside of it overseeing their work

According to Cedrick Harrington, SPC’s EMS PSAV Coordinator, the SimRig is part of a larger transition at the Allstate Center to create a hands-on experience for EMS students that simulates the entire call process as if they were on the streets. Beginning in the apartment, the students will transition the patient (a simulator mannequin) onto a stretcher, load the patient into the ambulance, and treat them according to the scenario created by the instructor. A hospital environment is also in the works for the final stage of the call experience.

The entire class can join in and learn from each other with the additional observation booth, which tracks the progress of the simulation happening inside of the ambulance. This also allows the instructor to step away from the students and evaluate as they go through the entire call process.

SPC instructors are excited to be able to give the students real-life experience and hands-on training while engaging their critical thinking abilities and, so far, the students love it!

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