Twin Cities Hospital July 09, 2015

Niceville, FL – Twin Cities Hospital recently welcomed over twenty students from the Okaloosa Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, & Medical Academy (STEMM) for an in-depth lesson in our Surgery and MRI Departments, as well as a tour of the AirMethods medical helicopter based at Twin Cities Hospital.

Dr. Stephen Enguidanos provided the opportunity for the students to experience a simulated surgery using medical grade mannequins. The students were able to experience hands-on the focused atmosphere and extreme concentration required to work as a surgeon or medical professional in the operating room.

The pilot and crew from AirMethods taught the students how the electronics of the helicopter work and are utilized in life-saving efforts when they are called to the scene of an accident. Many students were surprised to see how small the aircraft is compared to what one might imagine. Students were given the opportunity to climb into the helicopter and visualize the instrumentation, seating, and patient transport area.

Dr. Richard Hughes, an Emergency Room Physician at Twin Cities Hospital, spent time instructing the students on lifesaving procedures such as Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and intubation. The students were then allowed to practice CPR and intubation on mannequins provided in a small groups setting.