S.T.A.R.T.T. plus: addition of prehospital personnel to a national multidisciplinary crisis resource management trauma team training course

S.T.A.R.T.T. plus: addition of prehospital personnel to a national multidisciplinary crisis resource management trauma team training course

Can J Surg 2016;59(1):9-11 | PDF

Lawrence M. Gillman, MD; Doug Martin, MD; Paul T. Engels, MD; Peter Brindley, MD; Sandy Widder, MD, MHA; Cheryl French, MD

Summary

The Simulated Trauma and Resuscitation Team Training (S.T.A.R.T.T.) course is a unique multidisciplinary trauma team training course deliberately designed to address the common crisis resource management (CRM) skills of trauma team members. Moreover, the curriculum has been updated to also target the specific learning needs of individual participating professionals: physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists. This commentary outlines further modifications to the course curriculum in order to address the needs of a relatively undertargeted group: prehospital personnel (i.e., emergency medical services). Maintenance of high participant satisfaction, regardless of profession, suggests that the S.T.A.R.T.T. course can be readily modified to incorporate prehospital personnel without losing its utility or popularity.


Accepted for publication Aug. 28, 2015

Affiliations: From the Department of Surgery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Man. (Gillman); the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Man. (Martin, French); the Department of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont. (Engels); the Division of Critical Care Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alta. (Brindley); and the Department of Surgery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alta. (Widder).

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: All authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this commentary and approved the final version for publication.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.010915

Correspondence to: L.M. Gillman, Department of Surgery, University of Manitoba, Z3053 – 409 Taché Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R2H 2A6; gillmanlm@yahoo.ca