UT students get intense hands-on disaster training

The Main Building on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin (KXAN Photo/Eric Janzen)
(KXAN Photo/Eric Janzen)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — What if an explosion happened inside the Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial football stadium and 200 people needed immediate medical care? That’s the mock scenario University of Texas Nursing School students will be dealing with for the fourth annual disaster drill happening inside the UT Recreational Sports Center.

The idea is to give students experience with a situation they may encounter in their career so that they are prepared if it ever happens. Students studying social work will be working alongside the senior- and graduate-level nursing students to help provide emotional care. The nursing students will handle the medical side of the mock disaster.

“It’s important that nursing students have even just simulated experience with what those standards of care might be, the emotions involved with a very high-intensive scenario — when there are lots of injuries you may not be able to care for everyone as if they were in the hospital,” said Whitney Thurman, with the UT Nursing School.

The disaster drill happened Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

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