Physicians, nurses, ambulance workers, and other medical professionals could all make the difference between a patient’s life or death in an emergency. To improve their critical care skills, as well as the likelihood of a positive outcome, St. George’s University’s Department of Basic Sciences hosted a four-day life support training program on the True Blue campus.
Medical personnel received training in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), and Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC). In addition, SGU security and safety patrol staff received training in PHTLS and RTTDC to improve campus safety in the event of an emergency.
While ATLS deals with managing acute trauma and emergencies in hospitals, PHTLS focuses on doing so before the patient arrives at a medical facility, and RTTDC places emphasis on caring for trauma patients in a rural facility.
“This training is critical for health care professionals,” said Dr. Chamarthy Subbarao, Professor of Clinical Skills, and organizer of the program. “Without this knowledge, patients in emergencies can be mishandled, potentially resulting in greater injuries.”
At the program’s conclusion, participants receive a certificate and earn continuing medical education (CME) credits. According to Dr. Subbarao, Grenada, Jamaica, and Trinidad are the only three Caribbean countries to offer such training. SGU has trained nearly 200 individuals since the program debuted nearly 20 years ago.