Students to receive hands-on experience during trauma training event

April 10, 2019

MONT ALTO, Pa. — Penn State Mont Alto will hold its annual trauma-scenario training exercise for forest technology and nursing students from 8 a.m. to noon on April 18 at the campus.

During the event, students will collaborate with multiple agencies to rescue two injured foresters who have been in a simulated tree-harvesting accident — one will be a mobile, high-fidelity human simulation patient named i-Stan. They will be treated for their injuries by forestry and nursing students. The forestry students will report the incident and provide first aid, and nursing students and local emergency response will rescue the foresters and provide additional treatment in preparation to airlift the patients to a medical facility.

“This integrated, hands-on simulation exercise enhances the education of all involved,” said Carranda Barkdoll, Penn State Mont Alto Nursing program campus coordinator. “It allows forestry students to practice their field first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) skills,” she said. “Nursing students have the opportunity to strengthen their teamwork skills for receiving a trauma patient and all participants gain experience in mountain terrain rescue, fire and EMS (emergency medical services) collaboration, air-medical transport protocol, and in working with local and federal government agencies.”

The following organizations will assist in the exercise: The AirMethods Maryland LifeNet 81 medevac helicopter, Franklin County EMA/911, Franklin Fire Company, Franklin Fire Station, Medic 2-Waynesboro Area Advanced Life Support Unit, Mont Alto EMS, Mont Alto Fire Department, Rescue Hose Fire and EMS Co., South Mountain EMS, and Waynesboro Hospital.

For more information, contact Debra Collins, director of public relations and marketing at 717-749-6112 or

  • Mont Alto Nursing Students Trauma Scenario

    Penn State Mont Alto nursing students practice teamwork skills for receiving a trauma patient during Penn State Mont Alto's annual trauma training event. 

    IMAGE: Debra Collins
Last Updated April 11, 2019