Training nurses in trauma management
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Training nurses in trauma management

Bruce Armstrong Major trauma co-lead for education, Department of emergency medicine, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Rob Crouch Consultant nurse, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Carl Read Simulation manager, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Ros Palfrey Trauma nurse co-ordinator, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bruce Armstrong and colleagues discuss the development and introduction of a life-support programme for emergency department staff

Since major trauma networks were introduced, medical and non-medical staff have been required to undergo trauma training. The recommended training programme is the advanced trauma life support course, but its cost and the difficulties involved in securing study leave can make it unfeasible as a training option. This article discusses the trauma intermediate life support programme, an innovative, one-day programme for staff to acquire knowledge and skills in trauma management. The programme, which focuses on damage-control resuscitation, involves low- and medium-fidelity simulation in trauma or resuscitation rooms. It has been quantitatively reviewed by 50 candidates, who all stated that it has helped them to improve their practice.

Emergency Nurse. 21, 4, 14-18. doi: 10.7748/en2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 19 December 2012

Accepted: 24 May 2013

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