Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Rural Trauma Team Development Course

Greetings from Mt. Vernon, Illinois! I'm engaged in a client service trip and thought I'd share with the blog that which I shared with some of our associates in Southern Illinois: There's an alternative to Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) specifically designed for the non-urban EM provider: the American College of Surgeons' Rural Trauma Team Development Course.

Here's an excerpt from our RTTDC page:
The Rural Trauma Team Development Course, hereafter known as RTTDC, has been developed by the Rural Trauma Subcommittee of the Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons to help rural hospitals with development of their trauma teams. It is hoped that the course will improve the quality of care in their community by developing a timely, organized, rational response to the care of the trauma patient and a team approach that addresses the common problems in the initial assessment and stabilization of the injured.

The basic premise of the course is the assumption that, in most situations, rural hospitals can provide three individuals to form the core of a trauma team consisting of a Team Leader - physician or physician extender, Team Member One - a nurse and Team Member Two - an additional individual who could be a nurse, aide, technician, prehospital provider or clerk. Therefore, the rural hospital should have those individuals such as respiratory, radiology and laboratory technicians, additional nurses, prehospital personnel, etc. who might be involved in supportive roles to the trauma team.

The course is designed to be given either in one day of approximately 8 hours or can be given in four separate modules of 1.5 - 2 hours each or combination of modules. The rural hospital, in conjunction with the presenting instruction team, will decide how the course is to be presented. RTTDC is taught by Surgeons, Emergency Physicians and Nurses who are experienced trauma care providers and trauma course instructors. The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Chairperson for your state, or his/her designee, is responsible for the selection of the RTTDC Instructor teams and the quality management of the courses.


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