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  • This is the authors version of a work that was submitted/accepted for pub-lication in the following source:

    Clarke, Christopher (2006) Trauma education in Australia : where are wein 2006? In Trauma 2006, Gold Coast, QLD. (Unpublished)

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    Trauma Education in Australia:

    Where are we in 2006?

    Chris Clarke

    Trauma Coordinator

    Royal Adelaide Hospital

    Trauma 2006


    Richard Henn Society of Trauma Nurses, ATCN Faculty

    Heidi Hotz Society of Trauma Nurses past President and ATCN Faculty

    ATCN candidates and faculty at KFNGH in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Session Outline

    Why is trauma education important?

    What trauma education exists in Australia?

    Barriers to trauma education in Australia;

    The ATCN and ATLS relationship; ATCN Program

    The future for trauma education in Australia;

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    Trauma Education Programs:

    Important or Not?

    Nature of Emergency Dept Work

    Large departments have or require a large

    number of staff;

    High turn over of staff;

    Trauma management is popular more people interested;

    Unusual or uncommon pathology.

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    Junior Staff in Resuscitation Roles

    Staff shortages in health care both nursing and


    Junior staff need to participate in middle level or

    senior level roles both medical and nursing;

    Mentorship must be adhered to.

    Other Factors

    On the spot teaching;

    New resuscitation equipment;

    Updated or new trauma protocols.

    What Exists at the Moment

    Local hospital trauma teaching/education


    Teaching at a State wide level



    Grad Cert Trauma Nursing (UWS)

    Plus more

    Barriers to Trauma Education




    Time commitment (?)

    Apathy amongst staff.

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    Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses

    ATCN Provider Course

    2 day course - USA

    2 1/2 day course possible Aust. format

    Matches the ATLS provider course schedule

    Didactic (ATLS lectures)

    Skills stations (ATCN )

    ATCN Course Material

    ATCN Manual

    ATLS Manual

    ATCN Pre-test

    ATCN Triage Scenario Booklets

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    ATCN Skills Stations

    Initial Assessment & Management Airway & Ventilatory Management

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    Hemorrhagic Shock

    Pretest Review

    Head Trauma Pediatric Trauma

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    Spine & Extremity InjuriesInitial Assessment Practice-

    Testing Stations

    Triage Case Scenario Review

    Post-test (final examination)

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    ATCN Instructor Course

    2 day course

    Teaching techniques


    Skills stations

    Initial assessment stations

    Mentoring & sign-off

    ATCN is International


    ATCN currently being conducted in:

    United States

    Hong Kong, China


    Saudi Arabia


    Presently Working With

    Australia (CENA)


    Italy Schedule for May 2007

    Spain Scheduled for April 2007



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    Revisions & Update

    Revisions occur every 4 years

    Coincide with new ATLS curriculum

    The Future

    Introduction of ATCN in conjunction with


    University based trauma qualification that is

    available to the whole country - ? by

    correspondence or online teaching with

    mentoring at home institution;

    Continued development of local and state

    trauma education programs.