Students from across the state will be gathering at SouthWest Metro Intermediate District’s 401 Building in Chaska from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 to compete in the 33rd Annual Minnesota State Youth Emergency Care Competition.
SouthWest Metro will be hosting the event, which will be chaired by SouthWest Metro Medical Careers instructor Erik Bryz-Gornia from the Career and Technical Education program, according to a press release.
Over 35 teams of high school juniors and seniors are expected to participate in the event, coming from metro area emergency care training programs like Osseo, Spring Lake Park, Forest Lake, Burnsville, NorthEast Metro Intermediate District 916, and SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288. Nearly 20 high schools from the state will be represented at this competition, as some districts, like 916 and 288, receive students from multiple schools.
These students are training to become Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and this competition allows them to apply course curriculum in controlled situations and understand the importance of the work they are learning, the press release stated.
Teams will respond to three different scenarios with trained emergency care personnel as judges. Teams are scored on their ability to properly assess the scenarios, give appropriate patient care, and manage any injuries or issues found. The three highest scoring teams are announced at the end of the competition.
SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288 is located at 401 East 4th Street.