Swindon nursing students were given first-hand experience of dealing with a dramatic trauma incident thanks to army medics from MOD Lyneham. 

Nursing students from Oxford Brookes University, Medical students from the University of Bristol and Combat Medical Technicians from MOD Lyneham took part in a pilot simulation training day of emergency trauma scenarios at Oxford Brookes University’s Swindon campus. 

Participants were arranged in mixed teams to share skills such as control of bleeding, splinting of fractures, and communication techniques, discussing differences between military and civilian healthcare environments.

They then completed three scenarios in multidisciplinary teams, including managing a patient with a severely fractured limb, a heart attack, and an elderly patient who had suffered a bad fall many hours previously, leading to complications. 

Sian Jones, a final year nursing student at Oxford Brookes University said; “I’m actually thinking of volunteering as a reservist so today has been a great insight into the sort of things I might be called to assist with."

"One of the things I love about nursing is being part of a team where you’re really valued and how essential good teamwork is in a trauma situation really came across today.”