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Professional Emergency Services
Training Programs

Cadaver Lab

3 Day Course

The expectations of the paramedic have grown beyond casualty/patient transport with minimal intervention to providing comprehensive emergency care to medical and trauma patients.

There is an increasing demand to provide suitable training methods beyond simple mannequin models to alternatives that are best suited to high fidelity mannequins and simulations mixed with cadaveric training.

Paramedics are expected to be competent in several invasive procedures including airway management through endotracheal intubation, surgical cricothyroidotomy, as well as needle thoracentesis, tube thoracostomy and many others. To be competent and confident in these procedures, paramedics require a strong working knowledge of human anatomy and exposure to demonstration of procedures and opportunities to perform them in a controlled setting as well as stress situations.

The value of training utilizing cadavers has long been recognized in medical education and in allied health training. As the paramedic scope of practice expands, the need for this type of training becomes increasingly more important. The gap between the education and training requirements of doctors and paramedics for those emergency procedures narrows.

For many students, cadaver training provides first exposure to a human body. Surface landmarks and internal structures critical to a successful procedure can be identified. 

Course Description:  

This is a 3-day training session focusing on topics and skills specific to the MARCH algorithm, Point of Injury management, and Prolonged Field Care. Pressurized cadavers, high fidelity (TOM) mannequins and simulations are used to work through tabletop exercises and scenarios.

There are didactic sessions on each day outlining protocol rationale for several common medical and trauma situations in each of the topic areas listed above. 

Skills and topics are IAW the Standard Medical Operating Guideline, Advanced Tactical Providers manual, Pararescue Handbook, and include but are not limited to: 

Airway procedures:

  • BVM with PEEP
  • Supraglottic Airway Adjuncts
  • Endotracheal intubation 
  • Needle Cricothyroidotomy
  • Surgical Cricothyroidotomy 
  • Needle decompression 
  • Finger thoracostomy 
  • Tube thoracostomy

Surgical Procedures:

  • Suturing and ligation
  • Saphenous access
  • Central access
  • Lateral Canthotomy
  • Lower limb fasciotomy, 
  • Escharotomy. 
  • Cystostomy

Bleeding control and shock management, 

  • Tourniquets and pressure dressings
  • Amputation, 
  • Evisceration
  • Wound management, 
  • Pelvis Injury

Crush Injury Management

Stressors of Flight

Principles of Prolonged Field Care. 

  • Pain management
  • Antibiotics
  • Wounds
  • Hydration
  • Blood typing (Eldon Cards)
  • Blood Products (collection and administration)
  • Ventilators
  • Improvised Splinting
  • Treatment cards


All instructor staff and training material provided by Pelham Training. 


Food and Housing costs are included in the price of the training. Students may arrive the night before class begins to be assigned a bunk. 

Food service begins at 0700 on the first day of class with three meals served per day and snacks available all day.

Sleeping quarters are two and three in a room with secure foot-lockers. Bedding, showers and laundry are provided.

Students should bring clothing suitable for outdoor use and Indiana climate for outdoor exercises. Clothing that may be soiled for indoor labs and exercises. 


Classroom attire is casual. No open toe shoes.

Clothing appropriate for the season is required for the outdoor lab sessions


All staff are qualified critical care, emergency physicians, paramedic, nurse -both civilian and military.



We offer Cadaver Lab quarterly in 2020. 

Groups of 10 or more are required for this course. Contact us for pricing information or to discuss specific training needs for your group.