Civil-military collaboration in trauma training
2011 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
In the present Swedish military medical organisation all medical
personnel, including surgeons, have to be recruited from civilian
hospitals. Even if there are many civilian surgeons well qualified
to perform trauma surgery, the injury patterns seen in e.g.
Afghanistan are quite different compared to what is generally
seen in trauma patients arriving to the ED at a civilian hospital.
In order to upgrade the major trauma skills of the civilian surgeons recruited to and trained for participating in international
missions, the (extended) military version of the Definitive
Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC) Course has been implemented.
DSTC is given with the intention not to duplicate ATLS, nor to
provide an in depth course in surgery, but rather to teach those
techniques particularly applicable to the patient who requires surgery
and intensive care for major trauma, in a setting where such
care is not commonly practised or even necessarily available. The
course, made up by a mix of lectures, case discussions and skill
stations has been given at the Swedish Armed Forces Centre for
Defence Medicine in Gothenburg since 2007. It has gradually
evolved to incorporate also anaesthesiologists and nursing staff
into an integrated team. The faculty during these courses has
been made up by a mix of international and Swedish instructors.
Course candidates have primarily been military health staff, but
vacant slots have been offered clinicians working in civilian hospitals
in the western part of Sweden. During the last course in
September 2010 17/20 (85%) of the physicians and 13/17 (76%)
of the nurses rated the course as very beneficial or indispensible.
The Swedish Armed Forces Centre for Defence Medicine will
continue to run the military version of the DSTC course. Due
to a certain over-capacity, course participation can be offered the
civilian health care system.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press , 2011.
, Vol 26 supplement 1
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject Integrated Caring Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-6723DOI: 10.1017/S1049023X11000513Local ID: 2320/10169OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-6723DiVA: diva2:887425
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