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June 16, 2017

Fauquier Health marks 10th year of medical camps

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Simon Cornwell takes a turn at stitching up a wound.
Zuzu Park finds that healthcare can be exciting, during a session on intubation.
Meredith Pence learns about intubating a patient from anesthesiologist Dr. Beejal Taylor.
Fauquier Health this summer marks its 10th year of summer medical camps for students.

To celebrate, the hospital will allow participants in its Level 2 camp to perform a simulated laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery.

“It’s very realistic,” Camp Coordinator Julie Fainter said. “The students get a real feel for what surgery might be like.”

Fauquier Health’s Medical Camps give students hands-on experience and insight into possible medical careers, drawing children from up and down the East Coast. Some, who participated in the camp in the past, have entered medical or nursing school or have begun exploring other healthcare professions.

Open to children 13 to 18 years of age, the camps offer two levels of hands-on activities in which students learn and practice skills essential to patient care, such as starting an IV, mixing medications, suturing wounds and more.

Students compete for acceptance into the camp program. This year’s camps will include students from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Florida and Connecticut. One session already taken place. Additional Level 1 camps will take place June 20-21 and June 27-28. Level 2 will take place July 11-12 and July 18-19.

First-time campers attend the Level 1 medical camp, learning skills such typing blood in the lab, how to intubate a patient, how to suture, starting an IV, mixing medications in the pharmacy and seeing how X-rays are performed. Students participate in a mock code in the emergency department, learn how to triage patients, take blood pressures and harvest a cornea from a human eye.

Level 2 medical camp activities include all of the following on the first day: applying a cast to a partner’s arm (and cutting the cast off using the cast saw); placing internal sutures and closing skin incisions with staples, and extricating a patient from a vehicle using a cervical collar and backboard. On the second day, students will learn to do injections and blood draws, precipitate their DNA from a cheek swab and perform the gallbladder removal surgery. Students must have participated in a Level 1 camp in a prior year to be eligible for the Level 2 camp.
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