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Trauma Education 

RTTDC - Rural Trauma Team Development Course 

79 of Iowa's 99 counties are considered rural and 75% of all EMS in Iowa are volunteer. The Rural Trauma Team Development Course helps educate rural hospitals on current trauma education by drawing on the principals of ATLS, TNCC and PHTLS. This course emphasizes communication and teamwork as the backbone of effective patient care. This is a full day course with CME, CE and CEH's available. Click here for more information. 

DMEP - Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness 

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) recognizes that a mass casualty event is not just another busy night in an urban trauma center. Most providers have little or no background or experience in such circumstances. To fill this gap, the Committee on Trauma has developed this course to help hospital staff develop the necessary skills, understand the language, and appreciate the structural transformation for effective response to mass casualties in disasters. This program is designed to stimulate thinking about how to become better prepared as individuals, professionals, organizations, and health care systems. This is a full day course with CME, CE and CEH's available. Click here for more information. 

Stop the Bleed

The Stop the Bleed program focuses on how to turn bystanders into first responders in any event. During mass casualty incidents, responders may be delayed due to safety concerns, whether hazards, or other unforeseen circumstances. The critical time between injury and definitive care is what this course focuses on. Bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death after injury. Click here for more information. 

ATLS

The American College of Surgeons and its Committee on Trauma (COT) has 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:

  1. Assess the patient's condition rapidly and accurately
  2. Resuscitate and stabilize the patient according to priority
  3. Determine if the patient's needs exceed a facility's capacity
  4. Arrange appropriately for the patient's inter-hospital transfer (who, what, when, and how)
  5. 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

Click here to see the availability of ATLS classes. 

TNCC - Trauma Nursing Core Course 

The first few minutes of trauma care are critical to achieving better patient outcomes. The ENA's Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) is widely recognized as the premier course for hospitals and trauma centers worldwide, empowering nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills and
hands-on training to provide expert care for trauma patients. For dates, please sign in through NetLearning

Blank Children's Hospital Programs

Our partners at Blank Children's Hospital Center for Advocacy & Outreach offer numerous programs on injury prevention. Some of these programs include: Safe Kids, Fire Safety, Car Seat Safety, Teen Driving, Bike Safety, window safety and child abuse prevention. Click here to learn more about these programs.

Concussion Safety

For the safety of our athletes and further prevention of concussions, the state's youth sports concussion safety law went into effect on July 1, 2011. The Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union are required to work together to distribute guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other sources. The goal is to inform and educate coaches, students, and parent/guardians of students to the risk, signs, symptoms and behaviors consistent with concussion or brain injury, the danger of continue to play after sustaining a concussion, and their responsibility to report if they occur.

A concussion is a brain injury often caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even what seems like a mild bump can be serious. Concussions cannot be seen and signs and symptoms may vary. Sometimes symptoms might show up immediately after an injury while other times they may not appear or be noticed for day or weeks. If you notice any signs or symptoms of a concussion, seek medical attention immediately. Click here to learn more about our sports safety programs.