Rapides Regional Medical Center’s Trauma team will visit Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Friday to teach a Rural Trauma Team Development Course.
“The goal of the class is to help rural healthcare facilities develop a systematic approach when caring for trauma patients,” said Shawn Moreau, MSN, TCRN, CEN, Rapides’ Trauma Program Director. “Once processes are put in place and the appropriate team members are identified and know their roles and responsibilities, trauma patients can be stabilized quickly and transferred to a nearby Trauma Center.”
Rapides Regional Medical Center is the area’s only Level II Trauma Center and is the closest Trauma Center to several rural hospitals. Trauma surgeon Samantha Zeringue, M.D., Trauma Performance Improvement Coordinator Lynn Randall, RN, and Moreau will teach the class.
“Patients have the best outcomes when they get to a certified Trauma Center within 60 minutes of injury,” Moreau said. “We have many rural facilities in our area. By teaching them this systematic approach, patients have a better chance of arriving at a Trauma Center during that timeframe.”
Rural Trauma Team Development Courses previously have been conducted this year in Winnfield and Ferriday.