Department of Emergency Medicine

EMS Cadaver Anatomy Procedure (C.A.P.) Lab

Emergency Medicine Residency logoThe Department of Emergency Medicine has offered the Cadaver Anatomy Procedure (C.A.P.) Lab at Wright State University since 2006. These one-day seminars are designed for emergency medical services personnel who want to learn more about human anatomy and basic and advanced procedures used in EMS. Participants receive hands-on experience, have the chance to handle specimens and gain a detailed working knowledge of the human body. This is achieved through intense training led by emergency medicine faculty and residents. The 2018 CAP Lab will be held March 23rd and 24th.

Course Description

photo of participants in the c.a.p. lab

The Greater Dayton area is widely known for having a high emergency patient caseload in its 21 regional hospitals. Advancing the skills of area EMTs and Paramedics will yield concrete benefits for the community. This seminar provides an extraordinary educational opportunity for anyone involved in emergency medical services who wishes to receive physician instruction on anatomy, physiology, and basic and advanced procedures.

Attendees obtain experience with new and innovative products. They receive information on some of the latest technologies in EMS care and have a chance to evaluate the new equipment first-hand in the lab. Advanced simulation models provide life-like experiences and allow participants the opportunity to utilize their EMS skills while getting real-time feedback and instruction. Participants gain an understanding of human anatomy as it relates to the EMS provider in addition to being more informed on the future of EMS care.

During the day-long program, participants rotate through multiple teaching stations with small group, hands-on instruction. They also have the opportunity to perform or observe many different procedures including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Oral and Nasal Intubations and advanced airway techniques (with numerous airway devices, including relatively new and innovative designs)
  • Cricothyroidotomy - Surgical and Percutaneous (Pertrach, quicktrach, Nutrach, etc.)
  • Needle Chest Decompression
  • Tube Thorocostomy
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Ultrasound guided venous access
  • Intraosseous Access (EZ-IO, B.I.G. IO, FAST-1, etc.)
  • High fidelity interactive simulation cases (both geriatric and pediatric)
  • And many more...

Due to overwhelming positive feedback, Wright State's Center for Immersive Medical Education and Research will offer high fidelity, state-of-the-art simulation cases to test participants' knowledge, skills, communication and teamwork.

Eight EMS Continuing Education credits (airway-2 hours, operational tasks-2 hours, cardiac-2 hours, and trauma-2 hours) will be provided to all participants who complete the course.

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“Hey, Ron Wolf was one of my students who attended C.A.P. Lab. He had a dry wall contractor who fell off his drywall stilts and broke his right femur. Ron said if he hadn’t gone to C.A.P. and saw how much effort it takes to traction a femur, he would have done it all wrong. He wanted me to thank you and the rest there at the C.A.P.
—Jeffrey Asher, Chief Paramedic Instructor, Chippewa Valley Technical College

“I just wanted to say thanks for accommodating our paramedic students at the C.A.P. lab yesterday and Wednesday. I attended with my class yesterday; and, I was very impressed with everything. The instructors were great. The entire event was very well organized. I was particularly impressed with the efficiency of the entire day. There was no time wasted at all. I discussed it with my students in class today, and their feedback was completely positive. They all enjoyed the day. Please pass along our thanks to everyone involved. We look forward to participating again next year.”
—Joshua Borkosky, B.S., NRP, EMSI, Assistant Clinical Coordinator for EMS Programs; Lead Classroom Instructor, Evendale Campus Paramedic Program, Health and Public Safety Division

2017 Cadaver Anatomy Procedure (C.A.P.) Lab

Last edited on 01/16/2018.