Linda Smith, News Editor
The University of Dallas ROTC and Pre-Health Society plan to co-host a practical first-aid event Saturday, April 20, from 12 – 2 p.m. on the Mall.
“One Joshua Bravo, a civilian officer in ROTC club and aspiring [health] practitioner, had the original thought of the large operation of putting together the two clubs, one focused on the military, the other on physical wellbeing,” ROTC cadet Nick Hedlesky said. “This would put together training army officers and health care providers, essentially, soldiers who receive first aid skills for their daily missions of ‘leave no man behind,’ and practitioners whose historic Hippocratic Oath is to serve the injured.”
According to Hedlesky, the event will begin with a speech from Dr. Stephen Slaughter, assistant professor of biology and Pre-Health Society adviser, about the importance of basic first aid.
“Everyone should know first aid in case they encounter situations where this skill will be useful in helping the injured, including possibly saving a life,” Slaughter said. “UD students are perfect for learning these procedures, knowing they really care about life and helping others.”
The event will consist of four training stations: ROTC will cover care for wounds and for broken limbs, while the Pre-Health Society will handle CPR and hypo/hyperthermia. There will be a grand station at the end where teams will be given a realistic scenario, in which they must treat “victims” and maneuver through an obstacle course. The team that completes this challenge with the fastest time and the fewest penalties will receive a prize.
“Each club will provide props specific to the training and aim to make the training as hands-on as possible,” Hedlesky said. “Both clubs will work together on the final station to make it as exciting as possible. This will practice and reinforce the first aid training and encourage the teamwork and cooperation to save a life.”
Ultimately, Hedlesky hopes that the events will be engaging so that the lessons learned will stick with students in their times of need.
“The ultimate goal is to teach civilians proper techniques for treating others in emergency situations. It never hurts to learn an additional skill set that could save a life!” Pre-Health Society president Amanda Nguyen said. “Students should come because you never know when you’ll need the skills we will teach! You could potentially save a life; what could be better than that?”
Teams or individuals can sign up outside the Haggar Café April 15-19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ultimately, participants will be consolidated into four teams, optimally with 8-16 people each.
“Students should come, because all too often we are called to perform at a moment’s notice in a life-saving situation,” Hedlesky said. “We hope that we can teach the skills which will provide the guidance and instinctual response to an emergency situation. Overall, we believe we will give people crucial skills for future adults, workers and parents.”
For more information, Hedlesky can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.