It has long been recognized that practice scenarios related to situational patient care are best learned and practiced in the environment in which one works and with the people with whom one works.
As the level 1 trauma center, VGH supports training to rural centers for the purpose of improving care of the injured patient. VGH serves as a regional resource for the benefit of patients and providers. The goals of rural training include:
- To improve regional outcomes of major trauma by the dissemination of knowledge and expertise
- To participate with regional providers in improving the regional trauma care system
- To facilitate access to trauma center resources
- Support educational programs
Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC)
Building on the principles of ATLS®, RTTDC is a simulation-based course where providers work in mixed-profession teams to provide care in simulated scenarios. Ideally the course takes place in the working area of the site in order to increase realism. Course coordination and faculty will be arranged and the scenarios are tailored to the individual site.
Also covered are ideal communication concepts, team-building discussions, and triage or mass casualty scenarios. For more information, please contact TraumaEduc@nullvch.ca.
2014 road trip
October 2014 saw another trauma road trip; this time a trip up to Powell River. One of the main challenges remote areas have is timely transfer of patients to higher level sites
Recognizing they see all the same types of traumas, crashes, explosions etc, as the city does, rural sites have to be prepared to triage, treat and transfer, which can be very challenging as they can be so weather dependent.
2013 road trip
In November of 2013, Dr. Hazel Park, Lions Gate Hospital emergency and trauma director, Dr. David Evans, Vancouver General Hospital trauma surgeon and Lori Baker, VCH trauma clinician did the inaugural road trip, landing safely on the doors of the Whistler Health Care Centre.
Seven enthusiastic physicians, nine nurses and two Paramedics were in attendance. From case reviews and discussions to mock scenarios in their own trauma rooms, our first “road show was complete.” It was a thrill to see this strong team work so smoothly from case to case, all the while still having time for questions, clarifications and discussion around the pearls of current best practice.
We came home feeling satisfied that we had likely learned as much as they had and that practicing in their own environment was the best way to go.