Developed by the Rural Trauma Committee of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT), Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC) is based on the concept that in most situations, rural facilities can form a trauma team consisting of at least three core members. The RTTDC emphasizes a team approach to the initial evaluation and resuscitation of the trauma patient at a rural facility. The course assists health care professionals in determining the need to transfer the patient to a higher level of care. The one-day course includes interactive lectures on medical procedures and communication strategies as well as three team-performance scenarios.
The intended audience includes individuals who are involved in the care of the injured patient such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, prehospital personnel, technicians, and administrative support.
- Organize a rural trauma team with defined roles and responsibilities for the members
- Prepare a rural facility for the appropriate care of the injured patient
- Identify local resources and limitations
- Assess and resuscitate a trauma patient
- Initiate the transfer process early
- Establish a performance improvement process
- Encourage effective communication
- Define the relationship between the rural trauma facility and the regional trauma system
Continuing Medical Education Credit Information
The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 8 credits meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.
Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 8 hours meet the requirements for Trauma*.
Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 8 hours meet the requirements for Surgical Critical Care*.
*The content of this activity may meet certain mandates of regulatory bodies. Please note that ACS has not and does not verify the content for such mandates with any regulatory body. Individual physicians are responsible for verifying the content satisfies such requirements.