BCM training lab takes on Houston SWAT

March 1, 2012

Dr. Brad Scott participates in training for emergency responders, held at BCM last month.
Dr. Brad Scott participates in training for emergency responders, held at BCM last month.

Baylor College of Medicine's surgical training labs were busier – and louder – than usual on Feb. 14.

On that day, the surgical training group at BCM welcomed Dr. David Persse, the city's EMS director, and the city's new Tactical Medical Team for an exercise in simulating emergency response during stressful situations. This new Houston team is called on to accompany the Houston Police SWAT team during high risk encounters.

Persse, who is also professor of surgery at BCM, and Dr. Brad Scott, associate professor of surgery at BCM, created a series of scenarios in which the responders practiced emergency medical techniques while encountering sounds of gunfire, people screaming, lights out and other similar challenges,

Both Persse and Scott said it was a very successful effort. Seven paramedics and three emergency physicians participated in the training.

"We hope to never need to use the skills and training we have gained from our educational experience at Baylor, but if we ever do need to use them, we will be much better prepared," said Persse.

Scott said the training partnership was a great experience.

"It was very successful," Scott said. "I think the tactical team gained important skills and it was a rewarding experience for us as well."

Lab manager Deborah Taylor coordinated the activities with other departments at BCM to ensure that the training was accomplished with no inconvenience to others at the College.