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Mikaela Jane, Sarah Ramirez, Kate Harris, and Madison Holt practice suturing techniques while Orthopaedic Surgeon Robert Dart, MD observes.
Fauquier Health’s Medical Camps allow children hands-on experience and insight into possible medical careers, drawing children from around the East Coast. Open to children 13-18 years of age, the camps offer two levels of hands-on activities in which students learn and practice skills essential to patient care, such as starting an IV, mixing medications, suturing wounds and more.
First-time campers attended the Level 1 medical camp, learning skills like typing blood in the lab, how to intubate a patient, how to suture, starting an IV, mixing medications in the pharmacy, and seeing how X-rays are performed. Students participated in a mock code in the emergency department, learn how to triage patients, take blood pressures and harvest a cornea from a human eye.
Level 2 medical camp activities included all of the following on the first day: applying a cast to a partner’s arm (and cutting the cast off using the cast saw); placing internal sutures and closing skin incisions with staples, and extricating a patient from a vehicle using a cervical collar and backboard. On the second day, students learned to do injections and blood draws, precipitate their DNA from a cheek swab and perform a simulated gallbladder removal surgery.