An Airfare helicopter visits during the first Medical Camp at Fauquier Hospital.
Fauquier County Battalion Chief Fred McEvilly leads a module on dealing with casualties during the second camp.
About 40 local students got in-depth exposure to a range of medical professions and treatments this month at Fauquier Hospital.
The hospital hosted two Medical Camps, July 9-10 and July 16-17.
Topics covered included advanced suturing, sports medicine, wound care, back boarding/collaring, forensics, job shadowing and injections/phlebotomy. The students got to attend a “Who’s Your Momma?” component to investigate inherited ABO blood groups. This allowed the students to explore testing measures to determine what baby belonged to what mother.
Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center Physician Assistants Michele Glowicki and Kelley Schimler and Medical Assistant Kathy Gentry also worked with the students to teach basic anatomy of the wrist, the medical art of casting and the basic fundamentals of sports medicine healthcare.
Students in the first camp received an impromptu Aircare visit. The medical helicopter staff talked with the students about the different types of patients that they receive. They discussed some of the details of their work, how they get patients on the helicopter and the skillsets needed to work for a company like Aircare. The students also got to climb aboard the helicopter.
Fauquier County Emergency Medical Services staff members visited the second camp. They discussed Tactical Emergency Casualty Care and covered crisis response, the use of tourniquets and other items that can be used to stop bleeding. The students were then able to practice using tourniquets on each other to gain firsthand experience.
Fauquier Health this summer offered only Level II Medical Camp. The participants all completed Level I camp last year as the prerequisite.