For 23 years Paramedics have been sharpening their skills through competing in true-to-life scenarios. The 2013 edition of these competitions will be getting underway at the end of September at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.
The reigning 2012 state champs are from the Leland Fire/Rescue in Brunswick County. They will be competing against five teams that won regional championships this summer.
Paramedic competition begins on September 29th at 12 p.m. and lasts until about 4 p.m. Competing teams are sequestered and are called out one-by-one, each facing the same mock emergency scenario and judges who grade their performance until time is called on the competitors.
The regional champions are teams from Davidson, Rowan, Surry, Pender and Cumberland counties. These five challengers won regional competitions held in July at community colleges in Cumberland, Gaston, New Hanover, Surry and Wake counties.
The scenario that these teams will face has been designed to challenge them with a true-to-life situation, often with a twist that may resemble what they could encounter in a routine response. They are challenged to complete a rapid but thorough assessment and appropriate treatment on the spot.
The competition provides a training opportunity not only for the competitors, but for the 400 or so paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians watching from bleachers who closely observe each team's analysis and reaction to the scenario. Teams are judged on professionalism, communication, patient rapport, conduct, attitude, appearance and attire.
The competition is part of the 40th annual Emergency Medicine Today Conference, which runs from Saturday through Wednesday.
Winning team will be announced Tuesday night, Oct. 1, at the Emergency Medicine Today Conference awards banquet.
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