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Vancouver General Hospital is the Level 1 Adult Trauma Centre for British Columbia. As the quaternary referral centre for the province, VGH provides province-wide education to health care professionals caring for patients along the trauma continuum of care.

Our partnership with Canadian Forces Trauma Training Centre West (CFTTC(W)) provides opportunities to train various military personnel in the care of the injured patient.

Specialized certification programs, such as Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Definitive Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC) are offered on an ongoing basis at VGH. Several continuing education courses are also offered, including an annual Trauma Symposium, focusing on all aspects of trauma care.

***NEW – Healthcare providers are invited to join a free online course created by VGH trauma surgeon, Dr. Emilie Joos, on surgical care during pandemics. Highly relevant for anyone involved in trauma care in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please visit: UBC Continuing Professional Development ***

Simulated Trauma Resuscitation Update Course (STRUC)​

A one-day simulation-based course involving the team-based resuscitation of critically injured trauma patients. Principles of crisis resource management and resuscitation management priorities and skills will be highlighted, as well as reviewing latest evidence and clinical practice guidelines, taking into account available resources and regional trauma guidelines. Knowledge of ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) based principles are essential and this course will build on the basics of ATLS.

Target Audience: Urban or Rural Emergency physicians, emergency RN’s and RT’s involved in the initial management of severe trauma patients.

Upcoming sessions:
April 26, 2023 at Surrey Memorial Hospital

Contact​ for information and registration.STRUC - Surrey April 26, 2023.pdf

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