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Basic Trauma Course BTC / Pre-hospital Trauma

The basic trauma course is a three day course composed of didactic lectures and hands on skill practice. This course provides basic training in trauma care for the healthcare professionals and workers in rural settings. The course extends beyond hospital care. It is based on a patient pathway system: tracing the management of the patient from the initial site of injury at the scene, to the rural health posts, continuing on to the provincial hospitals, and subsequently to definitive referral centers. The course stresses basic trauma management of patients in a rural setting. Where appropriate, other advanced management options are mentioned depending on resource availability. Emphasis is also based on understanding trauma kinematics, communication, registry and other components of the emergency medical system.

General Objective

The objective of this course is to deliver a reasonable systematic approach to the management of patients who sustained traumatic injuries in areas where resources are limited.

Specific Objectives  

  • To obtain a basic understanding of the mechanism of traumatic injuries
  • To identify the critically injured patient and appropriately triage based on the limitation of resources in the region
  • To present a systematic approach to the management of trauma patients in a rural setting with minimal resources
  • To present a practical hand on experience in the initial assessment and stabilization of the injured patient in the field and hospital setting

Target Audience

  • Rural Physicians
  • General Surgeons
  • Emergency Physician
  • EMS Provider
  • Nurse
  • Residents
  • Students
  • Public Health Worker

Course Agenda
2-day (16hrs) course based on didactic lectures and hands-on practicum.

The Course Lectures Include:

  • Introduction to Trauma in rural settings
  • Introduction to EMS/kinematics/Trauma registry
  • Assessment, Stabilization & Management
  • Airway management
  • Shock and Fluid Resuscitation
  • Management of specific organ injuries

The Course Practicum/Lab Include:

  • Communication EMS
  • Kinematics of Trauma
  • Trauma Registry
  • Patient Assessment
  • Airway management (Mannequin)
  • Thoracic management
  • Hemorrhage Control
  • Musculoskeletal – Immobilization lab

Manual Language available

• English
• Spanish

Administration to students on site:

Pre-Test: Onsite Administration
Post-Test: Onsite Administration
Evaluation Form: Onsite Administration
Certificate: Onsite Administration (if paid pre-course)
E-mail Administration (if paid post-course)
Course Duration: 2 days

Course Director & Faculty
Course Directors and faculty must be experts in the field of Trauma and disaster. The Director and Faculty can be International or Local experts. All course directors and faculty must be pre-approved. Please Contact Gladys Soruco Shanklin at for a list of pre-approved directors and faculty

Local Coordinator
Each course will be assigned a coordinator. The Course Coordinator can be local or International

Number of Participants:
Ratio of Instructors/students: 1/6


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