HIGH POINT, N.C. – Members of the High Point Police Department and High Point University’s Physician Assistant program are partnering to host a Field Trauma Care for law enforcement.
For four weeks, Dr. Jim Johnson, director of simulation in HPU’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies, has been training the officers on HPU’s campus and other locations in the community for scenario-based medical training.
“We wanted to reach out into the community and try to help the first responders in High Point who are providing medical care on the frontline,” Johnson said.
This week, the group met for their third meeting, where they practiced transporting injured citizens from an evacuation site.
Thanks to the use of high fidelity mannequins, the simulations provided realistic experiences and injuries that the officers would encounter in an evacuation site or crime scene.
The scenarios used come from requests the officers have encountered in the past and want to learn how to do, according to Johnson.
“It’s situations they know they may find themselves in, or its medical situations that I’ve just come up with from a medical background and trying to add the law enforcement side to it,” Johnson mentioned.
Some of them include managing hemorrhage by wound packing, using a tourniquet, and direct pressure; and basic managing of airways.
The Police Department and HPU hope that these skills and added training will help officers that encounter wounds on themselves, fellow officers, and the civilian public that they serve.