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Essential Trauma Course (EsTC - formerly BTC)

Description: This course provides basic training in trauma care for the healthcare professionals and workers in rural settings. The course extends beyond hospital care. It is based on a patient pathway system: tracing the management of the patient from the initial site of injury at the scene, to the rural health posts, continuing on to the provincial hospitals, and subsequently to definitive referral centers. The course stresses basic trauma management of patients in a rural setting. Where appropriate, other advanced management options are mentioned depending on resource availability. Emphasis is also based on understanding trauma kinematics, communication, registry and other components of the emergency medical system.

General Objective: The objective of this course is to deliver a reasonable systematic approach to the management of patients who sustained traumatic injuries in areas where resources are limited.

Specific Objectives: 

  1. To obtain a basic understanding of the mechanism of traumatic injuries
  2. To identify the critically injured patient and appropriately triage based on the limitation of resources in the region
  3. To present a systematic approach to the management of trauma patients in a rural setting with minimal resources
  4. To present a practical hand on experience in the initial assessment and stabilization of the injured patient in the field and hospital setting

Target Audience (who should attend): Rural Physicians, General Surgeons, Emergency Physicians, EMS Providers, Nurses, Residents, Students, & Public Health Workers.

Course Agenda: 2-day (16 hrs) course based on didactic lectures and hands-on practicum.

The Course Lectures Include:

  1. Introduction to Trauma in rural settings
  2. Introduction to EMS/kinematics/Trauma registry
  3. Assessment, Stabilization & Management
  4. Airway management
  5. Shock and Fluid Resuscitation
  6. Management of specific organ injuries

    The Course Practicum/Lab Include:

    1. Communication EMS
    2. Kinematics of Trauma
    3. Trauma Registry
    4. Patient Assessment
    5. Airway management (Mannequin)
    6. Thoracic management
    7. Hemorrhage Control
    8. Musculoskeletal – Immobilization lab

      Manual is available in the following languages: English & Spanish and will be provided to participants on site.

      Pre-Test &Post-Test: Onsite Administration.

      Evaluation Form: Onsite Administration.

      Certificate: Onsite Administration (if paid pre-course) or E-mail Administration (if paid post-course).

      Course Duration: 2 days

      Course Director & Faculty: Course directors and faculty must be experts in the field of trauma and disaster. The director and faculty can be international or local experts. All course directors and faculty must be pre-approved.

      Local Coordinator: Each course will be assigned a coordinator. The course coordinator can be local or International.

      Number of Participants: Ratio of instructors to students 1:6

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