A group of veterinary students got the chance to put their life-saving skills to the test during a “Road Traffic Accident Day” supported by veterinary supplies company Vygon Vet.

Vygon literature illustrating placement of a chest drain.

More than 20 young vets – many of whom are due to graduate from the University of Liverpool this summer – took part in the training session on how to manage and treat a road accident patient.

The day, organised by the university’s chapter of the Student Emergency and Critical Care Society, saw the students receive expert advice and tips before taking part in practical sessions that included:
  • placing a chest drain
  • triage and stabilising an accident victim
  • wound management
  • bandaging and suturing
To support the training, Vygon Vets provided thoracic drains, stopcocks and adaptors, as well as personalised training booklets with step-by-step photos and “how to” information.

Organiser and society co-president Emily Sharp said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Vygon for its support and for helping us all feel much more prepared when we have to treat our first RTA patients.”

Chris Douglas, veterinary support at Vygon Vet, said: “We appreciate the value of supporting important training initiatives such as this. It helps equip and support young vets who are due to qualify and work in a practice. If students practise and familiarise themselves using the actual equipment I’m sure it will help give them skill and confidence for when it’s used in a real-life emergency situation.”
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