Final year BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science students recently spent a morning practicing how to immobilise and remove an entrapped person from car. The Ford KA used for the exercise can be sectioned and placed in pieces, just as it would be by the emergency services and has been created as a reconstruction for education.
The exercise gave students the opportunity to get to grips with the logistical challenges of removing a person from a car whilst keep them immobilised to prevent further injury and was taught by Lecturer in Paramedic Science, Adam Bancroft. The 'Extrication Car’ was provided by the charity R.E.S.C.U.E (Road Education for Schools, Colleges, Universities and Everyone Else) and designed by Simon Hart. The Paradmedic Science final years were the first group of students to trial the car to aid learning.
The students found the experience really valuable, experiencing for themselves the practicalities of manoeuvring an injured person out of a vehicle and discovering the options that become available when different emergency services are present. The students practised removing the casualty from the car when the roof had been cut off and also when just a door had been removed.