HPU Physician Assistant Studies Faculty Train Guilford County EMS

High Point University’s Billy Vaile (left), Center for Medical Simulation manager in HPU’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies, leads a training opportunity with Guilford County EMS using the university’s high fidelity mannequins. 


Jan Paladino (right), training manager for Guilford County Emergency Services, explains how to properly transport a patient from one ventilator to the next using HPU’s simulated patients in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies’ Center for Medical Simulation.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 19, 2019 – Today, High Point University’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies faculty were training members of Guilford County EMS on new ventilator equipment in the department’s Center for Medical Simulation.

Guilford County EMS recently received two ventilator machines to begin transporting ventilator patients. Patients who have a medical problem that makes it hard for them to breathe well on their own may be connected to a ventilator.

“We are always excited to partner with HPU to train current staff and staff that are in training to become paramedics,” said Jan Paladino, training manager for Guilford County Emergency Services. “Today’s training allows our senior staff to get hands-on training with our ventilators that involves a simulated patient.” 

The training took place in HPU’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies Center for Medical Simulation where EMS used high fidelity mannequins to create real-life scenarios.

“One of the benefits of using the high fidelity mannequins is, that it should simulate how to transfer a patient from one ventilator to the other,” said Billy Vaile, Center for Medical Simulation manager in HPU’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies. “We love partnering with our emergency personnel because at the end of the day it is about patient care.”

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