Video: Students Deal with Disasters: Chemical Burns, Lightning Strikes, Deck Collapse, Gunshot Wound, and a Motor Vehicle Accident

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Last Sunday, DeSales hosted a training exercise nursing and physician assistant students, who triaged victims of chemical burns, lightning, a deck collapse, a gunshot wound, and a motor vehicle accident. Five groups of two students each had approximately 10 minutes to run through each scenario and provide the necessary triage.

Standardized patients (SPs) acted as victims in each of the scenarios, with injuries created through the use of theatrical make-up. SPs are individuals from the community who are trained to portray a patient with a specific medical condition. By interacting with SPs, students gain experiential skills by performing physical examinations and other clinical skills in our simulated clinical environment.

SPs provide valuable feedback and can help to evaluate student performance, which is part of the debriefing held after each scenario. Each scenario station also had a facilitator as the students conduct their triage assessment.

At the completion of the drill, a debriefing discussion was held to review the strengths and weaknesses of the event, which will assist in planning for future drills.

“The goal of the drill is to provide student the opportunity to use and enhance the skills acquired in the classroom and apply these skills in a real world setting,” said Dennis Rasley, director of emergency services and incident commander for the exercise, “They are then better prepared for their post-graduate careers.”



Reminder: Kris Reigle’s Retirement Reception Today, 10/30

Faculty and Staff, Please join the Facilities Department on Friday, October 30, 2015 between 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM in the University Center’s Commonwealth Room to celebrate Kris Reigle’s retirement from DeSales University. Kris has been a valued employee as a HVAC/ Plumbing mechanic in the Maintenance Department at the University for the last 14 years. Cake and refreshments will be served. Kris is a reliable member of the DeSales Community and will be greatly missed.

If you have any questions please contact or call Ext.1644.

Reminder: Wellness Fair Today, 10/30

The DeSales University Wellness Center is hosting a Wellness Fair for Faculty, Staff and Students, on Friday, October 30 from 11AM to 1:30PM in the DeSales University Center. There will be free massages and yoga classes. In addition, there will also be plenty of free giveaways and samples. Some of the organizations attending include: Campus Resources , Always Pretty Salon & Spa, Pepsi, and Body Central Inc. 

Questions? Contact Andrea Grube at or ext.1232.  

Spring 2016 Courses Offering International Travel

Four courses with an international travel component will be offered in the spring semester which may count toward the Cultural Literacy requirement. All four trips provide a subsidy. To register for one of these courses, please see the course instructor directly.

CH 212: Food Science –   Destination:  Edinburgh/Glasgow, Scotland
Travel to Scotland March 4 to March 13 (Spring Break). Approximate cost is $2200 per student. Three days in Glasgow, 2 days in Edinburgh, 1 day in St. Andrews and 1 day in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Instructor:  Dr. Julie Himmelberger.

CJ 356: World Crime and Justice – Destination:  Paris, France

Travel to Paris leaving May 22 and returning on May 30. Estimated cost approximately $2,250 per student, but is subject to change based on the number of students. Major sites include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Versailles, the Palais de Justice. Instructor: Jeffrey Tomlinson. 

DA 350: Creative Process in Dance –  Destination: Dresden and Berlin, Germany

Trip will take place after May graduation, dates are not yet set. Cost is approximately $2000 per student. DA 231 as a prerequisite. Trip is optional as there is an alternate assignment available. Students may sign up for the trip even if they are not enrolled in the class. Instructor: Angela Grossman.

MK 201: Principles of Marketing – Destination: London, England and Paris, France

Travel London and Paris from May 15 through May 22.  Cost is $2000 per student.  Tour includes the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Instructor:  Dr. Sue McGorry.

Questions? Contact Ann Koefer at

Sustainability: Test Your Knowledge

1) Which of the following statements about the greenhouse effect is true?

a. Without the naturally occurring greenhouse effect, the Earth would be to cold to have liquid oceans.

b. Burning fossil fuels (gasoline, oil) increases the greenhouse effect because of the release of carbon dioxide.

c. One result of an increased greenhouse effect on Earth may be an increased number of severe storms.

d. All of the above.

2) The greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is released into the air from . . . .

a. Volcanoes

b. Plant and animal respiration

c. Human activities associated with burning fossil fuels

d. All of the above

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