Members of an air ambulance team took over classes at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest to teach students about what they do in the field.
Kenny Nealy, an air nurse from a Redwood Empire Air Care Helicopter team, gave a lecture about how to properly intubate patients, a procedure often done in air ambulances.
REACH members and COMP-Northwest professor Brion Benninger, M.D., helped students in the anatomy lab.
“It’s fantastic when someone in the field does the teaching,” Benninger said.
The trade off for REACH members is they get to examine the donor patients in the anatomy lab, he said.
As part of the demonstration, the team landed an air ambulance on the grass in front of COMP-Northwest.
About a hundred students watched the helicopter land while a few students lined up to watch the landing sitting in lawn chairs.
Afterward, many students rushed to examine the inside of the helicopter.
“It’s really amazing how much they do in such a little space,” said Tyler Witzel, a first-year medical student. “They do life-saving things in that tiny space.”
This is the second year REACH has participated in the program at COMP-Northwest.
“This will help future doctors and help their patients in the future,” said Jan Acebo, REACH general manager. “This will bridge the gap between (emergency medical services) and the hospital.”