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Major trauma training for emergency nurses

Rob Fenwick Charge Nurse, Emergency department of the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford, Shropshire

Rob Fenwick discusses a study of trauma education provision among nursing staff in three types of service in the Midlands

The Midlands regional trauma network was established in March 2012 to improve and standardise the care offered to patients with major trauma. This article discusses the results of a survey of formal training in, and self-assessed knowledge of, trauma management among emergency department nurses working in the network. Less than one third of the nurses had received formal training against which standards can be benchmarked, and the article recommends that nurse education standards are reinstated as key performance indicators in the region.

Emergency Nurse. 22, 1, 12-16. doi: 10.7748/en2014.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 17 December 2013

Accepted: 11 February 2014