Hassan Amiri, Samad Shams Vahdati

Department Of Emergency Medicine, Tabriz University Of Medical Sciences, Imam Reza Hospital, Tabriz, Iran.

Keywords: Medical doctor, primary trauma care, primary survey; workshop


OBJECTIVE: The aim of Primary Trauma Care (PTC) module is to orient medical doctors, residents and specialists to the initial assessment of an injured patient. A course based on expanded PTC was developed for some senior and junior medical students. This study was designed to determine if PTC improves the ability to perform andretain primary survey skills.
METHODS: This workshop was held in Education Development Center of Tabriz Medical University in 27th and 28th of April, 6th and 7th of September, 22nd 23rd of November 2007. In this workshop the participants were given lectures, completed practices on moulaged patient and case scenarios about management of traumatic patient. All participants were given a pre-test at the beginning of the workshop and a posttest at the end.
RESULTS: We invited 30 people in each workshop and 64 people were interested in attending the workshop from the total of 90 invited. The mean score in the pre-test and post-test was 18.84, 26.72 respectively (p=0.00).
CONCLUSION: Most of medical doctors and residents didn’t have enough knowledge about basic PTC. We have shown that incorporating hands-on patient scenarios in an expanded course based on PTC principles helps medical students to retain the knowledge and skills needed to perform the primary survey sequence correctly. Medical students participating in PTC course retained the ability to perform a primary survey in proper sequence.