JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas —
Airman Grace Dawson, a student in the Medical Education and Training Campus Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice, or AMSA, program at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, applied her new medical skills in a real scenario when a fellow Airman suffered a medical emergency March 21.
While in the dormitory, an Airman briefly lost consciousness. The Airman's roommate called out for help, prompting Dawson into action.
Without hesitation, Dawson applied the skills she learned in AMSA’s emergency medical technician lectures and hands-on demonstrations. She checked the patient’s pulse, which was rapid and faint, so she instructed another student to call for help.
After assessing the patient’s level of consciousness by asking a few simple questions, Dawson noted that the patient was exhibiting confusion. The patient also stated her head hurt and was feeling cold.
Dawson immediately began treating for shock. She provided the patient with a blanket and helped her control her breathing. Dawson continued to reassess the patient every minute until the EMS team arrived on scene at which time she provided an in-depth report.
The following school day, Dawson shared her real-world experience with her class. She emphasized the importance of giving 100 percent to the training in order to be prepared, because a medical technician could respond to a medical emergency anywhere and anytime and that a life may depend upon it.