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Rural Trauma Team Development Course© (RTTDC©)
The Rural Trauma Team Development Course©, hereafter known as RTTDC©, has been developed by the ad hoc Rural Trauma committee of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma to help rural hospitals with development of their trauma teams. It is hoped the course will improve the quality of care in their community by developing a timely, organized, rational response to the care of the trauma patient and a team approach that addresses the common problems in the initial assessment and stabilization of the injured. It is the purpose of RTTDC© to increase the efficiency of resource utilization and improve the level of care provided to the injured patient in the rural environment.

Sacred Heart Hospital was the first hospital in the state of Florida to offer this course, and we are proud to serve as the leading rural trauma team educator in Florida.

The course objectives are as follows:

• Describe components of their state, regional, and local trauma system as it currently exists.
• Identify components of an effective trauma system.
• Describe what is necessary to develop a rural trauma team.
• Describe what is necessary to prepare for their local hospital’s treatment of the critically injured trauma patient.
• Outline the components of the Primary Survey, Decision for Transfer to Definitive Care, and Secondary Survey.
• Demonstrate the concepts of the Primary Survey, Decision for Transfer to Definitive Care, and Secondary Survey as applied in simulated injured patient scenarios. Who should attend the course?

The basic premise of the course is the assumption that, in most situations, rural hospitals can provide three individuals to form the core of a trauma team consisting of a Team Leader (a physician or physician extender), Team Member One (a nurse), and Team Member Two (an addit could be a nurse, aide, technician, pre-hospital provider, or clerk).  Therefore, the rural hospital should have those individuals who will perform in these roles attend the course along with other individuals such as respiratory, radiology, and laboratory technologists, additional nurses, pre-hospital personnel, etc. who might be involved in supportive roles to the trauma team. The number of trauma teams will determine the number of instructors needed for the course.  Based on the scenario teaching stations the course is best taught with a ratio of one instructor for each hospital team. Other hospital personnel involved in supportive roles may also participate.  The number of teams is limited to seven (21 individuals) and total course participants to 30 individuals.

For more information please contact:
Leigh Anne Fraser, RN, BSN
Trauma Program Education/ Outreach/ Injury Prevention Coordinator
(850) 416-6514


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For more information on trauma services at Sacred Heart Hospital, please call the Trauma Office at (850) 416-7173 or the Trauma Clinic at (850) 416-6159.


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