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Disaster Drill Gives Towson University Nursing Students A Touch Of Reality

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TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)—Dozens of young students were bleeding and wounded at Towson University. But they were not real injuries, just a drill to help nursing students experience a medical disaster situation.

Mike Schuh explains the exercise is bigger than ever.

What in the world is going on in Towson?

A ballroom at the university is a staging ground for disaster. But it’s fake.

This is the sixth time Towson is giving its nursing students more than just a touch of reality.

“They get to learn how to communicate under duress,” said Nikki Austin, assistant professor.

“I’m glad it’s not real,” said Lindsay Rizzi, Joppatowne High School student.

In the midst of all this is a man who can truly appreciate what’s going on here.

Chief Dan Linskey is the number two in Boston’s Police Department. His officers lived through the Boston bombing and manhunt. Exercises like these made his department ready.

“That training saved lives on Boylston Street in Boston. There are dozens of people alive today due to the lessons learned from training sessions just like this,” Linskey said.

He prays we never see what Boston has, but if it comes, hopefully these people will have the confidence to react calmly.

“When the event occurs, these nurses, 15 years from now when they’re in the emergency rooms in Baltimore City, they’re going to be ready to deal with trauma when it comes in thru the front door,” Linskey said.

A Baltimore technology company will provide a scanning system to keep track of the victim treatment process. That data will be used to set benchmarks for next year’s exercise.

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