Arlington ARS hosts ag injury education event for emergency and trauma health providers

Cheryl Skjolaas talks about tractor safety from the seat of a tractor

On June 27 at Arlington Agricultural Research Station, around 200 health professionals received training on agricultural injuries as part of the annual Emergency Care and Trauma Symposium sponsored by UW Health and UW Med Flight. Participants included Emergency Medical Services personnel, as well as emergency and critical care nurses from health facilities around the state.

Photos: Emergency Care and Trauma Symposium at Arlington

The training provided participants the opportunity to visualize and understand mechanisms of injury and discuss best treatment modalities for agricultural injuries involving grain bins, tractors and large equipment, animal handling, and manure storage and handling. Presentations were given by staff from UW–Madison Department of Biological Systems Engineering (BSE), UW–Madison Department of Dairy Science, Arlington ARS, UW-Extension and symposium organizers with UW Hospital and Clinics.

“This was a great partnership for outreach. Each training station had a UW–Madison/UW-Extension expert as well as an experienced medical professional, to cover both the agricultural and medical aspects,” explained Cheryl Skjolaas, ag safety specialist with BSE and UW-Extension, who helped set up the training.

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