The 27th Annual OEC Emergency Care State Competition took place Feb. 23 at Osseo Senior High School, where 28 teams representing 13 metro-area schools competed to hold the title of Emergency Care Champion of Minnesota. Opportunities in Emergency Health Care (OEC) students from throughout the state were challenged academically and physically through a series of well-controlled accident scenarios.
To passersby it may have seemed that Osseo Senior High experienced a series of catastrophic mishaps. There were simulated crush injuries, fractured bones, arterial bleeds, thermal burns, as well as seizures, hypovolemic shock and even cardiac arrest through three scenarios.
The first scenario challenged responders with a simulated power-outage, forcing them to treat the victim trapped in a construction accident lit only by flashlights. They faced an additional challenge when the victim went into cardiac arrest upon being freed from the debris.
Next, the teams were called to the woodshop classroom to a simulated situation of a student who had amputated his hand and cut his leg. In a rush to help, another student slipped and started seizing after hitting her head.
In the final scenario, the teams were called to a simulated RV sales lot where a diabetic emergency with altered mental status turned a routine engine inspection into an electrical shortage and explosion. Each scenario evaluated the responder’s problem solving and treatment skills.
Osseo Senior High OEC’s winning team consisted of: Laura Siepmann and Abby Bishop (Osseo Senior High students) paired with Amanda Harris and Nolan Miles of Maple Grove Senior High. This team added to Osseo OEC’s legacy of achievements with their first place finish.
They will have the opportunity to defend their title at the International Rescue and Emergency Care Association (IRECA) Championship which is being held in Boise, Idaho in June. The task won’t come easy — among the students competing are Riley Nortrom and Bret Denker, OSH seniors and defending 2012 IRECA champs. OEC appreciates all the volunteers and community supporters who helped make this event a success.