CPCC Students Take Top Honors in Gladiator Competition

Students enrolled in CPCC’s Respiratory Therapy program received first and third place honors in the annual High Country Conference on Respiratory Care’s Gladiator Competition, held in Blowing Rock, N.C., February 21-23. This accomplishment marks the first time a CPCC team has won first place in the competition’s 19-year history.
During this year’s Gladiator event, 12, three-person teams from the state’s community college system competed against one another for the coveted title – 2013 Gladiator champion. The competition is a timed event that mimics a series of real-life traumas. Teams must complete a series of health scenarios, such as drawing arterial blood from a manikin’s arm to successfully placing a breathing tube in a manikin, in the least amount of time. The team with the lowest time, wins.
Team one from CPCC, comprised of Nick Reid, Justin Bolens and Stuart Moore, performed each skill perfectly in just five minutes, 30 seconds. Placing third, with a time of six minutes, thirty seconds, was team two from CPCC, Jamal Peay, Phillip Murensky, and Stanley Francois.
The High Country Conference on Respiratory Care is annually sponsored by the Northwest Area Health Education Center (Northwest AHEC). Each year, the organization brings together respiratory therapists, students and other health care professionals for a two-day conference that gives them an opportunity to learn more about their industry’s emerging technologies, network, explore various exhibits and enjoy the Gladiator competition. To learn more, visit http://northwestahec.wfubmc.edu/mura/www/#/.