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EMS day for athletic training students includes helicopter landing

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When the EMS helicopter landed on Bethel College’s football field on a recent Saturday in May, it fortunately didn’t signal a medical emergency.

It was there to add to a day of learning about Emergency Medical Services for Bethel College athletic training students.

Peivi Tauiliili, a 2008 Bethel graduate, and David Shinn, both students in the paramedic program at Hutchinson Community College, came to campus for a day May 8 to give the Bethel students some classroom instruction on EMS-related topics that have a direct impact on athletic training, said Doug Maury, who directs Bethel’s Athletic Training Education Program.

“In the morning, they talked about head injuries such as concussions, internal injuries, general medical emergencies and extremity injuries,” Maury said. “The afternoon involved several scenario-based learning sessions and hands-on experience.”

The afternoon session included a discussion on transport. “While not a regular occurrence,” Maury said, “the possibility exists that in a life-threatening emergency, an air rescue may be necessary. LifeTeam Midwest brought in one of their helicopter ambulances and [the three-person crew] stayed for about an hour and answered student questions.”

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2009 and one of only two Kansas colleges profiled in Colleges of Distinction 2009-10. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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