On Sunday, October 19, a group of medical students from VCOM arrived at Baxter for a weeklong mission trip. During their time in Honduras, they offered medical care to those living in Tegucigalpa and the surrounding areas, conducted research, taught patients about proper water sanitation, and conducted a Basic First Aid Training course for our second- and third-year Baxter students.
Chris Martin, the director at the simulation center for VCOM’s Carolina campus, spent all day Monday and Tuesday teaching the First Responder course to 28 of our students. During the course, our students learned how to do basic patient assessment, spinal immobilization, CPR and airway management, splinting, basic wound care, and shock management.
Each morning, our students spent a few hours listening to Chris lecture on different first aid topics. The afternoons were spent practicing what was taught during the morning sessions. Our students gained hands-on experience by practicing CPR on dummies and by using boards and sheets to learn how to properly immobilize a patient. Our students learned valuable skills that we hope they will be able to use if the need ever arises in the future. Each weekend our students travel to churches all over Tegucigalpa and surrounding villages, and often our students are in remote villages that have very little access to health care. We hope that our students might be able to use the basic training that they received during this seminar to provide preliminary medical treatment in case of an emergency.
After the seminar our students were all given small backpacks with the supplies needed to provide the first aid they learned. We hope that our students can take what they learned during this seminar to provide both physical and spiritual care to those in need. We are so thankful for VCOM and their investment in our students and the JMA Clinic.