UNMC helps bring training to rural paramedics

Posted by: Marlenia Thornton


A truck will change the game for emergency medicine in rural Nebraska.

The program is called SIM–Nebraska.

Inside the truck, there are manikins that will bring much needed training to paramedics in those areas and for free.

It’s thanks to a $5.5 grant to the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

EMTs said this will cut down travel time and costs.

"We can do our two–three hour training and go home on the end of the night back to our families waiting for the pager to go off,” Cedar Bluffs Volunteer EMT and Firefighter Jen Wolsleben said.

Paramedics will get to learn skills like child delivery and helping heart attack victims.

The simulators can talk, breathe, bleed as well as respond to treatment.

The front part serves as the emergency room. The middle part is the control room and the back acts as the ambulance.

This truck will also allow paramedics to get the same training at the same time.

"We’re going take this training right to them free of charge so they can be trained and train as a team and get some of the best training possible,” UNMC SIM-NE Program Liaison Doug Dekker said.

There will be four trucks stationed throughout the state including in Lincoln.

They will used in the nearby rural areas and should be ready by the beginning of next year.

The grant will fund the program for three years.

The university said it’s essential for saving more lives.

"It’s critical that these first responders are prepared at the highest level of training so they can provide the care that all Nebraskans deserve,” NU President Hank Bounds, Ph.D., said.

They’ll also be in Norfolk, Kearney and Scottsbluff.