SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Four emergency medical professionals from the area took gold in a national competition in Utah recently.
The four professional, affiliated with Surry Community College’s Emergency Medical Services programs, competed in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services Games at the Emergency Medical Services Today annual conference. This year’s event was held in Utah; the 2018 conference is scheduled for Charlotte.
Adjunct Instructors Roger Horton, Barry McMillian and Justin Bowers, along with teammate Robert Coleson, who has served as a preceptor for Surry’s EMS programs, represented the Wake Forest Baptist Hospital AirCare team in the medicat services competition and won gold for the second year in a row.
The team placed second in the first stage of the competition, which allowed them to advance to the final round to compete against two other teams to eventually take home gold.
The final round of the contest consisted of a staged scene in which team members were judged on their response to a mass-injury scenario requiring the treatment of more than 10 patients. The scenario differs each year, and this competition saw the SCC instructors facing in an avalanche simulation in which they treated victims of varying degrees of injury – trauma victims, both minor and critical injuries, and even some fatally wounded.
SCC’s Emergency Medical Program Coordinator Kenneth Vaught said, “All of the teams are constantly working hard to better themselves, their patient care and the profession; these four have been doing this their entire careers. Everyone at SCC is proud to have them affiliated with our program helping to ensure that future EMS professionals maintain the same knowledge, discipline and professionalism.”