IUE “paramedics” are saving lives. Students of IUE Vocational School of Health Services, Paramedic Program, got involved in a simulated emergency exercise on Balçova campus. The life-like exercise drew great attention. The young future paramedics dedicated themselves to save lives in the Paramedic Day event, observed by Council of Higher Education in honor of establishment of paramedic programs in Turkey.
Nursun Üstünkarlı, Lecturer at IUE Vocational School of Health Services, pointed paramedics, who provided professional medical care to sustain life, carried out an important duty between life and death. Üstünkarlı stated that paramedic training has been provided in Turkey since 2005, and they started to train future paramedics at IUE as of 2014. “Paramedics provide help to people at the most critical time of their life. They are the individuals who are competent to help people in an emergency based on the protocols specified by the Ministry of Health; they increase the survival rate before hospitalization. With a timely and professional response, patients becoming permanently disabled will be eliminated, and these numbers will decrease,” said Üstünkarlı”.
Üstünkarlı reported that freshman and sophomore students of Paramedic Program wanted to share what they have learned in class with other students and guests, and she said the simulated emergency exercise included cardiopulmonary resuscitation, defibrillation, administering medication, and caring for injured patients.