Trauma Boot Camp: A Simulation-Based Pilot Study.

Title

Trauma Boot Camp: A Simulation-Based Pilot Study.

Creator

Ortiz Figueroa Fabiana; Moftakhar Yasmin; Dobbins Iv Arthur L; Khan Ramisha; Dasgupta Rahul; Blanda Rachel; Marchand Tiffany; Ahmed Rami

Publisher

Cureus

Date

2016
2016-01

Description

INTRODUCTION: Interns are often unprepared to effectively communicate in the acute trauma setting. Despite the many strengths of the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) program, the main shortcoming within the course is the deficiency of teamwork and leadership training. In this study, we describe the creation of an interdisciplinary boot camp in which interns' basic trauma knowledge, level of confidence, and teamwork skills are assessed. METHODS: We designed a one-day, boot camp curriculum for interns of various specialties with the purpose of improving communication and teamwork skills for effective management of acute trauma patients. Our curriculum consisted of a one-day, twelve-hour experience, which included trauma patient simulations, content expert lectures, group discussion of video demonstrations, and skill development workstations. Baseline and acquired knowledge were assessed through the use of confidence surveys, cognitive questionnaires, and a validated evaluation tool of teamwork and leadership skills for trauma Results: Fifteen interns entered the boot camp with an overall confidence score of 3.2 (1-5 scale) in the management of trauma cases. At the culmination of the study, there was a significant increase in the overall confidence level of interns in role delegation, leadership, Crisis Resource Management (CRM) principles, and in the performance of primary and secondary surveys. No significant changes were seen in determining and effectively using the Glasgow Coma Scale, Orthopedic splinting/reduction skills, and effective use of closed-loop communication. CONCLUSION: An intensive one-day trauma boot camp demonstrated significant improvement in self-reported confidence of CRM concepts, role delegation, leadership, and performance of primary and secondary surveys. Despite the intensive curriculum, there was no significant improvement in overall teamwork and leadership performance during simulated cases. Our boot camp curriculum offers educators a unique framework to which they can apply to their own training program as a foundation for effective leadership and teamwork training for interns.

Subject

atls; simulation; trauma; boot camp; crisis resource management; vicarious error management

Identifier

Rights

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Pages

e463–e463

Issue

1

Volume

8

Citation

Ortiz Figueroa Fabiana; Moftakhar Yasmin; Dobbins Iv Arthur L; Khan Ramisha; Dasgupta Rahul; Blanda Rachel; Marchand Tiffany; Ahmed Rami, “Trauma Boot Camp: A Simulation-Based Pilot Study.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed July 30, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/5282.

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