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Rural Trauma Takes a Team

Rural trauma has been termed the “neglected disease” of the 21st century. Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC™) has been developed to improve the quality of care in rural communities by developing a timely, organized, and systemic response to the care of the trauma patient. The course emphasizes a team approach to address common problems in the initial assessment and stabilization of the injured.

RTTDC is offered at various times throughout the year and available to host. In this course, participants will learn how to:

  • Organize a rural trauma team with defined roles and responsibilities for the members
  • Prepare a rural facility for the appropriate care of the injured patient Identify local resources and limitations
  • Assess and resuscitate a trauma patient Initiate the transfer process early
  • Establish a performance improvement process
  • Encourage effective communication
  • Define the relationship between the rural trauma facility and the regional trauma system
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