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By Zoie Koostra

Simulation Trucks Provide Training for Rural and Remote EMTs in Montana


Zoie Koostra, Pathfinder

Lacey McNutt listens to "Lucy," one of the simulation mannequins as she breathes. The mannequins can simulate a wide variety of medical emergencies from medication allergies to giving birth.

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Emergency Services Quick Response Unit had the opportunity to practice caring for a patient in a very realistic way last Monday, June 25.

Through a grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, the Montana Department of Health and Human Services received $4.6 million to do outreach to rural and remote fire departments, quick response units and critical access hospitals in the state. The grant paid for three simulation trucks and for the cost of taking them to different locations.

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