DSLCC Adds “Simbulance” to Emergency Medical Services Program

Practicing a neonatal resuscitation on a "sim-baby" mannequin in the new "simbulance" operated by the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Emergency Medical Services program are intermediate students Adam Gillispie (left) of Covington and Robbie Woodson of Clifton Forge.
Practicing a neonatal resuscitation on a “sim-baby” mannequin in the new “simbulance” operated by the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Emergency Medical Services program are intermediate students Adam Gillispie (left) of Covington and Robbie Woodson of Clifton Forge.

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College recently put into operation a “simbulance”, a unique mobile training unit for its Emergency Medical Services program. The “simbulance”, the first of its kind in the Virginia Community College System and the second one in the state, has all of the equipment, supplies and a family of simulation mannequins to train EMS students, says Program Director Jeanette Mann. This unit puts our students in realistic situations, says Mann. It brings EMS training to life.

The purchase of the unit, from a private ambulance company, was made possible by a grant from the Alleghany Foundation; simulated mannequins were purchased with grants from the Virginia Office of EMS; and supplies and other equipment were donated by area rescue squads, the Western Virginia EMS Council and Lewis-Gale Hospital Alleghany.

It’s stocked just like a real ambulance, says Mann. We have a patient monitor, a stretcher, immobilization equipment, trauma dressings — all of the medical supplies needed for patient treatment.

As the DSLCC EMS program expands, Mann predicts that the simbulance may be used to train drivers of emergency vehicles. It also allows us not only to train our own students, but to enhance the skills of current EMS providers in our area through our EMS program’s continuing education classes, says Mann. These are currently being held on various weekends during the semester at DSLCC for both Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support providers.

The ‘simbulance’ will be a valuable addition to the College’s EMS education and training for those who serve in all emergencies anywhere and at any time”, notes DSLCC President Dr. Richard Teaff. This purchase was made possible by the generous support of our valued partners. It is yet another testament to the quality reputation of our training and the dedication of DSLCC instructors who continually seek ways in which they can make teaching more reflective of real-world experiences for better preparation of students upon completion of their studies.

For more information about the DSLCC EMS program, contact Mann at (540) 863-2832 or email jmann@nulldslcc.edu.