The Butcher’s Role in First Responder Training

Join Lindsey, a former paramedic turned butcher, as she takes us through the unique process of harvesting hog tracheas for first responder training. With her background in emergency medicine, Lindsey understands the importance of realistic training scenarios for EMTs, flight medics, and other first responders. In this episode, Lindsey receives a call from an old colleague who now works as a flight educator, requesting fresh tracheas for training purposes. We follow Lindsey to the kill floor, where she explains the significance of using hog tracheas due to their similarity to human anatomy.

With precision and expertise, Lindsey demonstrates how to locate and extract the trachea from a hog carcass. She highlights the importance of providing first responders with hands-on experience in controlling airways, emphasizing the difference between theory and real-life practice. Through Lindsey’s guidance, you’ll gain insight into the essential role of realistic training aids in preparing first responders for emergency situations.

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Transcript:

Lindsey:
Okay, so we’re heading down the alley to Kill Floor right now. My first flight was long before being a butcher. I was a paramedic. I was first responder EMT and then I finished up as a paramedic. Now, being so close to two really big medicine the metropolis hospitals and clinics, a lot of trauma centers trauma centers I used to work at A lot of my old coworkers that are flight medics and now educational teachers call me to collect tracheas from hogs, harts, trachea, heart, lung combinations.

So a lot of first responders, emts, flight medics, flight nurses all the structures of teams when it comes to first response, have the opportunity to handle a real life feel of controlling something’s airway and what it’s really going to feel like in the field, other than just by reading it in the book. So we do a lot of hogs because they’re very compatible with the human anatomy. So we just got a phone call from one of my old flight medics who’s now a flight educator for a big clinic next to us and he needs some tracheas. So let’s go down. I happen to be harvesting hogs today. I told my whole one so we can hook it up to the peat machine and make sure it works. So come on, let’s harvest the trachea.

Okay, so this is a hog and Julio has him completely eviscerated. So here’s the chest, here’s the throat, the neck and here’s the mouth. So Julio’s already pulled the internals out and, because I’m not a USDA plant, what will happen with these is they’ll go to dog food. So we need to find the trachea. So we have the large and small intestine, we’ve got the lungs, here’s the stomach, the pancreas and here’s the liver right here. So what we actually need, this is the back of the tongue, this is the epiglottis and this is the windpipe.

So this is what they want to train on. This is exactly what it looks like. Hang on here, let me get it over here. If you look in here, this is exactly what it looks like if you’re going to tube a human in a trauma scenario or a human patient that you need to control the airway in some way, shape or form. So this is what you look for down a human’s throat, which is identical to that of a pig’s throat. So we’re going to pull this and we’re going to hook it up to the machine and make sure this is a healthy, viable one, so our trauma teams can get some good practice in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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