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Kent State at Salem Holds Disaster Drill for Nursing Students

Posted Nov. 7, 2012


Salem, Ohio — Nearly 100 nursing students from the Kent State University at Salem campus got a good dose of simulated reality Monday as they participated in a disaster drill, with help from local first responders.

BSN Students participate in Disaster DrillThe drill began with a mock accident at the entrance to the campus on St. Route 45 involving a bicyclist, truck, car and a bus filled with passengers. The Kent State nursing laboratory was turned into a hospital emergency room, where students learned how to deal with mass casualties in a hospital environment.

Helping with the teaching opportunity were crew members with North Star’s critical care ambulance and Med Evac helicopter. Crew members quizzed the students about the types of care to give for numerous medical emergency conditions, and used the opportunity to share their experiences.

Med Evac and North Star assisted with the drill

Karen Zapko, assistant professor of nursing, explained that this is the first such drill conducted on the Salem campus and that she expects the students to gain a lot from the hands-on lesson. “Students were taught how to respond to an emergency where there are numerous casualties, as well as how to secure the scene, implement an incident command center, deal with communication issues, triage patients and transport patients to a hospital,” she said. “Our students will soon find themselves in healthcare settings and we want them to understand the types of situations they will likely face.”



Photo Caption:
Amid the chaos created during the disaster drill, Kent’s nursing students encountered victims with varying degrees of injuries and conditions; frantic family members; media personnel; and ambulance and MedEvac medical crews.

Media Contact:
Tina Smith,, 330-337-4274