OLVH team participates in Rural Trauma Team Development Course

Twelve nurses and an emergency room physician from Our Lady of Victory Hospital recently attended a Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC), offered at Stanley by staff from Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. Both hospitals are part of Ministry Health Care.

Participants in the training were: 

Emile Salvo, MD
Cynthia Kroeplin, RN
Mary Chaplinski, RN
Debra Lewan, RN
Jenny Simon, RN
Mary Leech, RN
Mary Morello, RN
Jennifer Mincoff, RN
Mary Mahr, RN
Deanne Gintner, RN
Barb Cadwell, RN
Scott Turenne, RN
Stephanie Nichols, RN

RTTDC was established by the American College of Surgeons to utilize local resources to ensure that the care of the pediatric and adult trauma patient is initiated as soon as possible. Topics covered include initial assessment of injuries, establishing an airway, maintaining circulation and stabilizing injuries.

A rural facility like Our Lady of Victory Hospital can make a key difference in the care of the trauma patient when utilized effectively. Usually, the rural hospital stabilizes the patient and then sends the patient to Saint Joseph’s Hospital, a verified Level 2 Trauma Center. The trauma surgeon at Saint Joseph’s collaborates with the local emergency room physicians to ensure that appropriate care is initiated in route to the facility. Upon arrival at Saint Joseph’s Hospital, the necessary services are then available to immediately begin the advanced level of trauma care.

Gaby Iskander, MD, Trauma Medical Director at Saint Joseph’s Hospital, led a group of physicians and nurses in presenting this course. Saint Joseph’s is the only facility in the area that provides this training, and OLVH was one of the first hospitals in north central Wisconsin to complete the advanced trauma training.

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