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Published on May 24, 2012

New Trauma Education Courses Now Offered at Crozer  

 

In Brief

  • Crozer-Chester Medical Center recently upgraded its educational offerings with the introduction of an Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course and a Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness (DMEP) course.
  • The courses were instituted by the Department of Trauma at Crozer, under the leadership of Marcin Jankowski, D.O., trauma surgeon.
  • The ATLS course teaches safe and reliable methods for assessing and managing a trauma patient.
  • The goal of the DMEP course is to prepare pre and hospital healthcare providers, as well as administrators, emergency managers and public health personnel for a possible mass casualty event.
  • Additional educational courses, such as TEAM and ATCN, will soon be offered at Crozer.  

A recognized regional leader in trauma care, Crozer-Chester Medical Center recently enhanced its educational offerings with the introduction of several new courses, including an Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course and a Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness (DMEP) course.

The courses were instituted by the Department of Trauma at Crozer, in collaboration with Crozer’s Emergency Medical Services Training Institute (EMSTI), under the leadership of Marcin A. Jankowski, D.O., trauma surgeon.

The ATLS course, developed by the American College of Surgeons and its Committee on Trauma, teaches safe and reliable methods for assessing and managing a trauma patient. The course consists of prerequisite reading material, informative lectures and interactive surgical skill labs. ATLS is available to any healthcare professional working with trauma patients on a regular basis, including: residents, physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. EMSTI has taught Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support for many years, and the curriculum is based on the ATLS course.

“The faculty of EMSTI has been teaching PHTLS (Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support) for over 25 years. I quickly realized that we shared the passion for educating pre-hospital personnel, our physician house staff, nurses and most importantly our community. It made sense to combine our experience and resources to implement these courses at Crozer,” Jankowski says.

Specific topics covered in the course are initial assessment of a trauma patient, airway management, shock, thoracic, abdominal, head, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal trauma. Additional topics include assessment and treatment of burn and cold injuries, pediatric trauma, trauma in women and transfer to definitive care.

The first two-day ATLS course was offered at Crozer on May 17-18, and the second will be held on July 12-13. A half-day refresher course will be offered on June 18.

The DMEP course is sponsored by the American College of Surgeons Ad Hoc Committee on Disaster and the Mass Casualty Committee on Trauma. The goal of the DMEP course is to prepare healthcare professionals, administrators, and pre-hospital personnel for a potential mass casualty event. The course emphasizes an all-hazards approach to disasters of all kinds. The curriculum consists of disaster planning, incident command, triage, hospital procedures, disaster recovery and recognition of injury patterns such as blast, burn, chemical and radiation. The course includes informative lectures as well as group interactive scenarios. 

In collaboration with Fran Hildwine, administrative director of Crozer EMSTI, the Trauma Department held the first DMEP Course at Crozer on April 19. It was only the second DMEP Course held in the state of Pennsylvania. The audience included trauma surgeons, emergency room physicians and nurses from Crozer and Taylor, as well as pre-hospital personnel and administrators. Because of the great turnout and continued interest, a second course will be held this September.

“I am thrilled and very proud to offer these courses at Crozer. In collaboration with the Emergency Department and EMSTI, I feel that these courses will not only promote and enhance staff education, but will ultimately result in enhanced patient safety and improved overall patient care,” Jankowski says.

In addition to the ATLS and DMEP Courses, Jankowski is planning to incorporate the Trauma Evaluation and Management (TEAM) course into the educational curriculum of incoming house staff. This course will serve as an introduction to trauma patient assessment and management for multidisciplinary team members and medical students.

With support and guidance from Christina Krasowski, R.N., B.S.N., clinical director of the Emergency Department, the Department of Trauma will also offer the Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) course this fall.

“This advanced course is designed for the registered nurse interested in increasing his/her knowledge in management of the multiple trauma patient. The ATCN Course will be taught concurrently with the ATLS Course and will be taught by our own Crozer instructors,” Jankowski says.

To learn more about these courses or to register, contact Jankowski at (610) 447-6085 or marcin.jankowski@crozer.org.

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