Emergency Medical Services workers are investigating a drunk driving simulation where a Texas paramedic poured human blood onto a high-school student's leg.
The incident occurred at a March 9 program called Shattered Dreams at Vandegrift High School in Austin Texas. Shattered Dreams aims to teach students about the dangers of drunk driving by dramatizing a crash using real sirens, emergency responders and even someone dressed as the Grim Reaper reported the Huffington Post.
For one female student the situation got very real when she ended up with human blood on her leg during a role-playing scenario. Asked to pretend to be a patient, the paramedic proceeded to simulate a wound by using the human blood.
According to the Huffington Post, an EMS director told reporters that the blood was donated from the hospital, and was intended to be used as a prop. The blood was past its expiration date.
In a statement on Monday, Emergency Medical Services Director Ernie Rodriguez said that, Although this blood had undergone dozens of tests and was verified as completely clean, there was no reason that a student participant should have come in physical contact with human blood during the course of the simulation. Rodriguez continued that, This action is something that the hospital does not condone, and hospital representatives took prompt action.
The student involved has not received testing following the exposure to the human blood. The unnamed medic may face disciplinary action.