The Training and Educational Center for Healthcare Simulation (TECHS) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso recently teamed up with the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office to train staff on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other lifesaving first-aid techniques.
The DA’s office asked faculty from the department of Emergency Medicine and TECHS to support ongoing training for the DA’s staff after a recent medical emergency involving a cardiac arrest at the El Paso County Courthouse. The initial training in this partnership was offered April 16.
Scott Crawford, M.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Director of TECHS, used medical manikins to instruct attendees on the proper way to provide CPR and demonstrated how to operate an automated external defibrillator (AED) device.
Brian Wilson, a faculty associate in the Department of Emergency Medicine and a course instructor for the American Heart Association, taught DA staff what signs to look for before beginning CPR and how to perform the technique. He also instructed staff on the proper use of a tourniquet to control external bleeding.
“The tourniquet training is an initiative of the Stop The Bleed program, a government initiative to help increase bystander awareness and application of tourniquets in any situation involving life-threatening hemorrhaging,” Dr. Crawford said. At TTUHSC El Paso, tourniquet kits have been added to all AED cabinets on campus, he said.
The April 16 course provided the initial instructor certification, in a “train-the-trainer” approach, so that participants can continue training other El Paso county DA employees.
Medical emergencies requiring first aid “actually happen a lot around the courthouse,” said course participant Glenn Shelley, a DA’s office investigator who will serve as a trainer for courthouse staff.