Third Graders Visit Scratch and Patch Hospital at Pike-Lincoln Tech Center

A total of 67 third graders from Silex and (Pike Co. R-III) Clopton schools visited Pike-Lincoln Technical Center (PLTC) in Eolia on April 30. After an interactive puppet show at their schools the week before, to teach these third graders about calling 911 and what to tell the operator, they visited Pike-Lincoln. The Tech Center was transformed for the day into the Scratch and Patch Hospital to allow the students to learn what to expect at a hospital after an accident.The students all visited the following stations during their visit: Admissions, Cardiopulmonary & Pre-Op, Surgery & Recovery, Ambulance / Fire Truck, Lab, Radiology, Billing and the waiting room. During these stations, they received a wristband in Admissions, had vitals taken and were gowned in Pre-Op, were transported to Surgery in wheelchairs, took blood from a arm simulator in the Lab, met with a Medical Doctor in Radiology to view and learn about x-rays, sat in an ambulance and viewed a fire truck, had their broken bone immobilized in Surgery and vitals taken in Recovery. Like every visit to a hospital, the students visited Billing to pay for their services with money they were provided.This activity was planned by the Practical Nursing students and their PLTC instructors. The students held bake sales to raise funds and the instructors contacted Pike County Memorial Hospital, Lincoln County Medical Center and Childens’ Hospitals (St. Louis), area nursing homes and businesses to solicit donations of supplies, etc. In addition to those who donated, the following provided personnel to assist during the activity: Eolia Fire Department, Pike County and Lincoln County Ambulance Services, Bowling Green VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Dr. Robert Glass, Air Evac, American Hospital Education Centers and the American Red Cross. Special thanks go out to Brother Lee Hartley of the Ramsey Creek Baptist Church for his help and loan of the puppet stage.The Scratch and Patch Hospital was a community service project for the Practical Nursing students as well as tied to the growth and development, pediatrics and leadership and management units in their curriculum. The Health Sciences students were involved also as part of the early childhood portion of their curriculum. Students in PLTC’s Digital Design class created fliers of Discharge instructions, Auto Collision students painted their cardboard ambulance, Administrative Business Technology students assisted as well.Missy Orf, principal of Silex elementary who attended, shared “The students really enjoyed themselves and learned a lot about a hospital stay. I think it was a fantastic experience for them.” When asked what they liked the most, the third graders said “I liked the medicine (M&Ms) in recovery!”, “I liked stickin’ the needle in the arm!”, “I liked the cool Tweetie Bird sling!”, “I liked having the nurses sign my cast!” Missy Orf, principal of Silex elementary who attended, shared “The students really enjoyed themselves and learned a lot about a hospital stay. I think it was a fantastic experience for them.” When asked what they liked the most, the third graders said “I liked the medicine (M&Ms) in recovery!”, “I liked stickin’ the needle in the arm!”, “I liked the cool Tweetie Bird sling!”, “I liked having the nurses sign my cast!”

It is hoped the students will be less fearful when they have to go to the hospital. As they were departing, many students expressed their interest in different health occupations.

Silex third graders getting their ID bracelets in Admissions

Silex third graders getting their ID bracelets in Admissions

 

Clopton student having his vitals taken in Cardiopulminary & Pre-Op

Clopton student having his vitals taken in Cardiopulminary & Pre-Op

Dr. Glass discussing a hand x-ray in Radiology with Clopton third graders

Dr. Glass discussing a hand x-ray in Radiology with Clopton third graders

 

Future phlebotomists from Silex drawing blood in the Lab

Future phlebotomists from Silex drawing blood in the Lab

 

A Silex student having her broken arm immobilized in Surgery

A Silex student having her broken arm immobilized in Surgery

 

Silex students viewing the inside an ambulance after their surgery and recovery

Silex students viewing the inside an ambulance after their surgery and recovery

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