Life-saving training mimics real-life trauma

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – First responders need to be able to deliver life-saving care in less than ideal conditions.

That was the idea behind a training event at Hartford Hospital Friday, nearly one year after the Boston Marathon bombings killed three spectators April 15, 2013.

“These are all the skills we need stateside and overseas,” said U.S. Army specialist Jackie Keefer. “It’s good to have a program like this to refresh our skills and increase them.”

Emergency personnel trained for many different scenarios, from amputated legs to delivering a baby.

“It does give me confidence, especially not being in a labor and delivery room or hospital or classroom before,” Keefer said. “These skills are necessary for medics in this state.”

The drills were performed on mannequins that can moan, cry, vomit and even bleed. The object is to make it as real as possible.

“You may very easily be in a situation where you don’t have all of the tools and toys and high tech stuff that we are used to every day,” said Dr. Jay McIsaac. “That doesn’t mean that you can’t give good care to patients, it just means you have to prepare for it and think ahead.”

More drills are planned for Saturday in Windsor Locks.

Bob Wilson reporting

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