ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -
Students of the University of Illinois School of Medicine at Rockford are learning how to respond to emergency medical situations in rural communities.
Serious and even fatal accidents on farms are a more common problem than many people realize, and medical professionals often lack the training they need in order to properly respond to them.
Organizations like Stateline Farm Rescue are using simulations as a training technique for these emergencies..
“A lot of these accidents are gonna be a lot more complicated than what we probably are trained for, so that's what we're trying to bring to the table is understanding that maybe additional training is needed," says Mark Baker, a coordinator for Farm Rescue. He says this hands-on training will give medical students a better idea of what they’re up against.
It’s not just the type of emergency help that’s difficult – it’s the distance that many rural farms are from medical professionals.
This distance sometimes leads to fatalities in many situations where time was crucial to saving the lives of victims.
The Rural Medical Education Programs at the University of Illinois at Rockford specifically educates students who want to be employed in rural areas long-term. The program is adding a nursing component for fall 2017.
Kelly Rosenberger is partnering with the Rural Medical Education Program and Rural Farm program to develop the curriculum. It will be a 4-year program aimed at meeting the need for rural communities to have more available healthcare nearby. She said these programs are crucial to ensure that farmers can receive the medical attention they need.