MSSU students learn hands-on with new ambulance simulators

MSSU students learn hands-on with new ambulance simulators
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James Tupper knew he wanted to have a job that would make a real difference in the world and in his line of work, that can be the difference between life and death, but he enjoys what he does.

“I got a job here in Joplin as an EMT and I’m currently working that and going to school to be a paramedic and I’m still loving it,” said Tupper, a paramedic student at MSSU.

Tupper is loving it even more now that he has access to learning in this new, grant-funded, ambulance simulation lab because it’s preparing him for the future.

“Being in the hospital is really good. We get to see all these different patients and the number of patients we get to see is great, but being out in people’s homes, or out in the back of an ambulance is a lot different story. These help us get that real feel, training like the real world,” said Tupper.

The double-sided ambulance lab has tight, but accurate dimensions and can fit up to four people inside, but video monitors let students on the side-lines benefit from the experience as well, an important feature, according to Program Chair, Ted Lee.

“In EMS, you never know what you’re going to see so you have to be prepared for everything. We have standard simulations. We have standard patient scenarios that are reproducible from student to student. It’s the same type of environment, and they get to see it over and over again,” explained Lee.

For Tupper, learning in this environment let’s him practice a variety of scenarios with his peers, better preparing him to save lives in real-life.

“Even though we’re EMT’s, we’re not paramedics yet, but working in the back of an ambulance as a paramedic, together we get to build our skills that way, learning together that way,” said Tupper.

The simulation lab was built by a company in Texas and assembled piece by piece over the course of 23 days.