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Regional Education Committee

The STRAC Regional Education Committee meets to provide an open, consensus-driven environment across all relevant disciplines in the development of educational opportunities to facilitate efficient and appropriate pre-hospital and hospital care of patients who are suffering acute time-dependent pathogies.

Hospitals and EMS agencies with an interest in the educational offerings provided by STRAC should have a representative at the STRAC Educational Committee meetings. Trauma Coordinators, Cardiac Coordinators, Stroke Coordinators, ED Directors, EMS Operations, and EMS / Hospital Medical Directors in the STRAC region are just a few of those already attending this multi-discipline committee.

Summer 2023 EMT-Basic Course (May 23 - Aug 12, 2022) Open
Summer 2023 Paramedic Course (May 23, 2022 - May 5, 2023) Open
Fall 2023 Paramedic Course (August 22, 2022 - August 11, 2023) Open

Committees and Workgroups

Education Committee
Co-Chair: Mike Shown, LP
Co-Chair: Sherrilee Demmer, BSN, RN
Meets: Second Tuesday Monthly
10:00AM - 11:30AM

Trauma Coord Education Workgroup
Meets: Second Tuesday Monthly
9:00AM - 10:00AM

STN Library of Trauma Lectures
Free Downloads

3_Mechanism of Injury Presentation
4_Hemorrhagic Shock Presentation

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Speaker Notes:
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Common Course Descriptions

Advanced Burn Life Support
The Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) Provider Course is an eight-hour course for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, therapists, and paramedics. This live, hands-on is designed to provide the "how-to" of emergency care of the burn patient through the first 24 hour critical time period. Following a series of lectures, case studies are presented for group discussions. An opportunity to work with a simulated burn patient to reinforce the assessment, stabilization, and the American Burn Association transfer criteria to a Burn Center will be provided. Testing consists of a written exam and a practical assessment.

The registration fee covers the course tuition, the ABLS Handbook© - a CD containing course materials and slides - the go-to reference guide for comprensive information on immediate burn care through the first 24 hours post injury, the test, and continuing education credits. The ABA designates this continuing medical education activity for up to 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ of the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. This program also has been approved by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) for 7.40 contact hours Synergy CERP Category A, File number 00018611.

Course Objectives:
- Evaluate a patient with a serious burn
- Define the magnitude and severity of the injury
- Identify and establish priorities of treatment
- Manage the airway and support ventilation
- Initiate and monitor fluid resuscitation
- Apply correct methods of physiological monitoring
- Determine which patients should be transferred to a burn center
- Organize and conduct the inter-hospital transfer of a seriously injured burn patient.
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care. It also covers airway management and related pharmacology. In this course, skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.

ACLS is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units.

Course Content:
- Key changes in advanced cardiovascular life support, reflecting the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
- Basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device and use of an (AED)
- Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest
- Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia
- Airway management
- Related pharmacology
- Management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and stroke
- Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team
- Effective Resuscitation Team Dynamics
Advanced Trauma Life Support
Injured patients present a wide range of complex problems. The Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) Student Course presents a concise approach to assessing and managing multiply injured patients. The course presents doctors with knowledge and techniques that are comprehensive and easily adapted to fit their needs. The skills described in the manual represent one safe way to perform each technique, and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) recognizes that there are other acceptable approaches. However, the knowledge and skills taught in the course are easily adapted to all venues for the care of patients.

The ACS and its Committee on Trauma (COT) have developed the ATLS program for doctors. This program provides systemic and concise training for the early care of trauma patients. The ATLS program provides participants with a safe, reliable method for immediate management of the injured patient and the basic knowledge necessary to:

Course Content:
- Assess the patient’s condition rapidly and accurately
- Resuscitate and stabilize the patient according to priority
- Determine if the patient’s needs exceed a facility’s capacity
- Arrange appropriately for the patient’s inter-hospital transfer (who, what, when, and how)
- Assure that optimum care is provided and that the level of care does not deteriorate at any point during the evaluation, resuscitation, or transfer process

The Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) Course is taught concurrently with approved Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) Courses. Benefits of the ATCN Course include an educational, team building, collaborative, synchronized approach to trauma care as trauma nurses share didactic lectures with the physician attendee of the ATLS® Course. Physicians and nurses caring for trauma patients have the opportunity to share a common language and approach to trauma care. When the ATLS attendees break out for physician skill stations the ATCN nurses join small group trauma nursing skills stations.

These ATCN® skill stations are based on an interactive “hands-on”, scenario-based approach to adult education. The practical testing stations allow the ATCN students to demonstrate the application of ATLS and ATCN information on a moulaged patient. ATCN students are given both the ATLS Student Manual and the ATCN Student Manual.

The ATCN course was developed in response to a need for advanced trauma education for nurses. The ATCN course has been operational for over twenty years and is under the auspices of the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN). STN is a professional, international nursing organization that spans the continuum of trauma care. The STN-ATCN® Program verifies successful completion of the ATCN® Course and provides continuing education credit for completion of a course.

ATCN is currently available in over 20 states across the USA, and is also internationally including Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Hong Kong, Sweden, Puerto Rico, Spain; all offer both student and faculty courses.

For doctors who infrequently treat trauma, the ATLS course provides an easy-to-remember method for evaluating and treating the victim of a traumatic event. For doctors who treat traumatic disease on a frequent basis, the ATLS course provides a scaffold for evaluation, treatment, education, and quality assurance. In short, ATLS is a measurable, reproducible, and comprehensive system of trauma care.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
The Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Classroom Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.

This course is for healthcare professionals who need to know how to perform CPR, as well as other lifesaving skills, in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.

Course Content:
- Key changes in basic life support, reflecting the new science from the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
- Critical concepts of high-quality CPR
- The American Heart Association Chain of Survival
- 1-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant
- 2-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant
- Differences between adult, child and infant rescue techniques
- Bag-mask techniques for adult, child and infant
- Rescue breathing for adult, child and infant
- Relief of choking for adult, child and infant
- CPR with an advanced airway*

*This is an introduction to the compression/ventilation rate and ratio for a patient who has an advanced airway in place. For more information on advanced airways, please refer to the Airway Management Course.
Trauma Coordinator and Trauma Registrar database training Uses Collector©. This course is designed to familiarize new and experienced Trauma Coordinators and Trauma Registrars with database skills in general and Collector© software in specific. Topics include:

Course Content:
- Database Terminology
- Collector© Data Entry
- Building Simple Queries
- Building Simple Reports
- Data Checks and Consistency
- Data Exports
- Analyzing Data
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is a classroom, video-based, Instructor-led course that uses a series of simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. The goal of the PALS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.

The PALS Course is for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children. These include personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, paramedics and others who need a PALS course completion card for job or other requirements.

Course Content:
- 1- and 2-rescuer child CPR and AED use
- 1- and 2-rescuer infant CPR
- Cardiac, respiratory and shock case discussions and simulations
- Key changes in pediatric advanced life support, reflecting the new science from the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
- Management of respiratory emergencies
- Resuscitation team concept
- Rhythm disturbances and electrical therapy
- Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment
- Vascular access
Rural Trauma Team Development
The Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC) emphasizes a team approach to the initial assessment, resuscitation and transfer of the trauma patient in a systemized, concise manner. The didactic portion of the course addresses the following concepts:

Course Content:
- Airway
- Breathing
- Circulation
- Disability
- Exposure and Environment
- Transfer of Definitive Care
- Pediatric Trauma
- Special Considerations (Pregnancy, Burns, Geriatric)
- Performance Improvement
- Patient Safety
- Communications

The course also includes Team Performances Scenarios, in which the teams use patient scenarios to perform a primary assessment. Developed by the Rural Trauma Committee of the American College of Surgeons on Trauma, RTTDC is based on the concept that in most situations, rural facilities can form a trauma team consisting of at least three core members. Target audience includes individuals who are involved in emergency care of the injured patient, including:

- Physicians
- Physician Assistants
- Nurses Practioners
- Nurses
- Paramedics
- Emergency Medical Technicians
- Administrative Support
Strike Team Leaders
This course is taught utilizing a unique role-play model developed to enhance the participants ability to effectively lead teams into the most difficult disaster situations. The intended trainees for this program include professionals from both the public and private sector:

Course Content:
- Fire Department Personnel
- Disaster Workers
- Dispatchers
- Emergency Medical Technicians
- Paramedics
- EMS Supervisors
- EMS Operations Managers
- EMS Medical Directors
- Emergency Physicians
- Medical Command Staff