Crash simulation with cars, nurses and victims

Mass Casualty Simulation to Teach and Test the Skills of DMACC Students

Posted 4/8/2019

​Annual Simulation Involves Ten DMACC Programs this Year


Students from ten DMACC programs will test their teamwork and critical thinking skills during an emergency situation.
DMACC Ankeny Campus
2006 South Ankeny Blvd.  
Parking Lot L/M (In front of Trail Point Aquatics & Wellness) & Bldg. #24
Ankeny, Iowa  
The simulation will consist of a multiple vehicle accident in the parking lot and a hospital located in Bldg. #24 where the victims will be treated.     
Monday, April 15; noon to 3 p.m.
Event will occur rain or shine and will only be cancelled if active lightning is present

More than 350 students and faculty from five DMACC campuses and ten programs will participate in the simulation this year. 

The DMACC Paramedic students will triage and treat the “injured” then transport the most critical victims to the hospital.  Fire Science students will extricate victims from cars. Criminal Justice students will manage the scene and investigate the accident.
When victims are transported to the hospital Human Services, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing, Nursing Assistant, Respiratory Therapy and Surgery Technician students will treat their injuries and manage a variety of patient and family situations. Early Childhood Education students will participate in a simulated day care lock down situation early in the day.
DMACC Nursing students will play the role of victims and family members to provide an opportunity to gain valuable insight.
DMACC’s fire truck will be on the scene.  The DMACC ambulance will transport the “injured” away from the crash site.  One of two Polk County Emergency Management Agency’s Mass Casualty Incident Trailers will be on site.

The simulation offers an opportunity for students from multiple programs to apply what they have learned in the classroom to be better prepared for “real life” emergencies. The scenario will test their communication, emergency response, prioritization, coordination and critical thinking skills, all under the intense pressure of a “life and death” scenario. As a result, the students will be better trained and prepared for real world experiences.

Melody Bethards, DMACC Health and Public Services/Nursing Simulation Coordinator; (515) 967-7824;

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