LCC ready to celebrate EMS week

LCC ready to celebrate EMS week

Lenoir Community College is celebrating Emergency Medical Science Week from May 19-25 with several planned presentations and an open house of the EMS department on EMS Day May 23.

Beginning the week of May 19, LCC EMS instructors will be sharing information about the many programs and training opportunities the college offers in the EMS field on LCC’s and LCC Public Safety’s Facebook pages. Check daily for conversations with the College’s EMS instructors.

On May 23, there will be three events, including “Stop The Bleed” training which will be offered at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the LCC EMS Department, located in the Bullock Building. The one-hour training sessions are free to the public and are being offered in conjunction with Lenoir County EMS and the Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune.

Seating is limited per session. Please go to www.lenoircc.edu/stopthebleed and register for a specific training session.

The “Stop the Bleed” campaign was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff of The White House. The purpose of the campaign is to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives, raising awareness of basic actions to stop life-threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and man-made natural disasters.

LCC is also sponsoring a presentation featuring Michael Reynolds, MSG (Retired) who will lead two sessions, “Can Crusher” and “What side of the door are you on?” specifically designed for emergency services personnel. The presentations will be held from 1-4 p.m. in the LCC Administration Auditorium.

Reynolds entered the first service in 1992 and is a wounded warrior from the Iraq war. During his career as a firefighter and soldier, he unfortunately experienced some toxic leadership. After a brain injury in Iraq, multiple hospitalizations and years of rehabilitation, Reynolds refused to give up.

He continues occupational therapy with the Calhoun, Ga., Fire Department as a volunteer. He has a unique ability to relate to each person and teaches leadership based on his broad perspective and the life lessons he has learned. Those interested in attending may register online at forms.lenoircc.edu/coned.

The EMS open house will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Bullock Building.

“This is an opportunity to tour the LCC EMS facility and celebrate the week with our EMS peers,” LCC Associate Dean of Public Safety Justin Tilghman said. “There will be simulation ambulance tours, high fidelity displays, an airway challenge and a two-person CPR challenge.”

If interested in participating in the Open House activities, please RSVP to LCC EMS instructor Jeremy Hill by Monday at jrhill71@lenoircc.edu.

The daylong celebration will conclude with a presentation by the Do It For Drew Foundation from 6-10 p.m. in the Administration Auditorium. The cost is $70 for those not fee-exempt.

Drew Hughes, 13, died unexpectedly and tragically a few hours after sustaining a head injury while skateboarding in 2013. He was a vibrant kid that brought laughter and light to all who knew him. His death has been attributed to a medical error that occurred in an ambulance that resulted following an unfortunate chain of events.

Drew’s parents will explain the events that occurred. Along with the story, officials will examine the system issues leading to the cause of the medical error and discus crew resource management, post-intubation management, and the use of and interpretation of waveform capnography.

The “Do It for Drew” Foundation was started by the Hughes family to help education medical professionals in the hopes that medical professionals in the hopes that medical errors can be avoided.

Registration is also required for the event. Register online at forms.lenoircc.edu/coned. For more information, contact Hill at jrhill71@lenoircc.edu.

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