Rural Trauma Team Development Course

Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital and Howard Young Medical Center emergency department staff, including physicians, registered nurses, emergency medical technicians, health unit coordinators and lab technicians, recently attended a two-day Rural Trauma Team Development Course.

The Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC) was developed by the ad hoc Rural Trauma Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) to help rural hospitals with the development of their trauma teams. The course is designed to improve the quality of care in their community by developing a timely, organized and 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. It is the purpose of RTTDC to increase the efficiency of resource utilization and improve the level of care provided to the injured patient in the rural environment.

Instructors for the course were Dr. Gaby Iskander, Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Trauma Medical Director; Terry Nichols, RN, Trauma Services Manager, Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital; and Sandy Johnson, RN, NREMT-P, EMS Coordinator, Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

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