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Rural Trauma Team Development Course

The 3rd Edition Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC), developed by the ad hoc Rural Trauma Committee of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and revised in 2011, was designed to help rural hospitals with their trauma teams. The goal of the RTTDC is to improve the quality of care in communities by developing a timely, organized, rational response to the care of the trauma patient by focusing on a team approach that addresses the common problems in the initial assessment and stabilization of the injured. It is the purpose of the RTTDC to increase the efficiency of resource utilization and improve the level of care provided to the injured patient in the rural environment.

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 additional individual who could be a nurse, aide, technician, pre-hospital provider, or clerk). Therefore, the rural hospital shoudl 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.

As part of our long-standing commitment to community outreach for our partner hospitals within the Tri-State area, Deaconess provides this course at no charge.

Kevin Hendrickson serves as the Course Coordinator. We are fortunate to have several trauma surgeons who assist in the teaching of this course.

To schedule this course in your area, please contact Lu Weil at 812-450-2961 or