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Medics tested out in the wild.

A GROUP of Coventry University students and staff took a trip to the Czech Republic for a medical competition.

Last month, the group of three student paramedics and two lecturers from the university, ventured into the umava National Park, to take part in the Pilsen Cup of Paramedics.

The competition is based around remote medicine and extrication technique and is set in the heart of the Czech mountains, making the challenge more complex.

The challenge involved thirteen scenarios spanning 20km of natural countryside over two days. The group was introduced to the location on arrival and settled in before they were each given their stations and shown equipment to be used over the following two days.

The team was given a comprehensive kit bag and a mobile phone to receive scenarios through, which comprised of a maternity and a tabletop major incident exercise.

The next day, all of the teams met early in the morning for a brief and had to then navigate around the national park, stopping off at 11 different scenarios on the way, including a road traf-fic collision, a child with extensive burns, an ectopic pregnancy, a major trauma and a cardiac arrest.

The skills and determination of the Coventry team throughout each scenario secured them a second place finish.

A spokesperson for the Coventry University team said: "We put all of the skills we had learned at university into practice here and after a lengthy score count, we achieved second place overall.

"This was an incredible experience and one which has enhanced our practice."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 13, 2015
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