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Med students get hands-on practice at WellSpan's annual EMS Skills Day

John A. Pavoncello

Nearly 30 mostly first-year and a few fourth-year emergency medial students got to experience in-the-field patient care during Wednesday's annual WellSpan York Hospital EMS Skills Day.

The students rode in an ambulance while attempting life-saving skills on a mannequin, used the Jaws of Life and other rescue tools to break vehicle windows and cut off doors, and took part in a mass casualty drill where they were "decontaminated."

EMS Skills Day provides med students with the chance to see the care their future patients receive in the pre-hospital environment after an incident.