According to the organisers of the Welsh Simulation and Acute Care Teaching Symposium, ‘in England and Wales approximately 12,500 people die as a result of trauma every year. This condition is the leading cause of death in children and young adults’. Good outcomes for these patients are dependent on the coordinated actions of a highly-skilled multidisciplinary team, both in hospital but also in the pre-hospital environment.
This prompted Cardiff University to set up the above-mentioned Symposium, with this year’s event focusing on trauma. It took place on 15 June 2017 in Cardiff.
Now in its fourth year, the event provides a valuable opportunity for medical educators, clinicians and healthcare students to network and share their teaching and learning experiences about the management of acutely ill patients.
EMRTS Cymru medics were invited to contribute to the day, looking at the journey a Welsh trauma patient takes. This included:
the point of injury
the pre-hospital critical care that EMRTS provide
the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit in the hospital
the rehabilitation team who do the important work to get the patient ready to go home.
To support the session, a pre-recorded simulation was shown which included Dr Ami Jones and CCPs Jason Hughes and Chris Connor. Dr Ami Jones then spoke about how EMRTS use medical simulation as an important part of training their pre-hospital teams, with the aim of delivering the highest standards for Wales’s sickest patients.
You can watch the simulation below.