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Wednesday 6 March 2013

BTACC course for trainee doctors

Over a hundred students from the University of Liverpool School of Medicine have formed an ATACC (Advanced Trauma and Critical Care) and BTACC (Basic Trauma and Casualty Care) society.

This weekend we ran a Basic Trauma and Casualty Care course (BTACC) at Delamere Forest for twenty four of the medical students. The course candidates all gave up their weekend to learn more about pre hospital care and attended presentations and many practical exercises and team members gave up their weekend to teach it.

The realistic scenarios involved injuries sustained from bike accidents, car crashes, drowning and included treatment for major haemorrhaging, spinal injuries and cardiac arrest amongst others. The trainee doctors also got a taste of what we do by extracting casualties, following medical treatment, to the nearest road head in one of our stretchers. As if the casualty actors, the fake blood, the screams, and the scenarios didn’t reflect our work enough, Mother Nature assisted by providing bitingly cold wind, rain and even snow.

BTACC is an amazing and internationally recognised course and we are very lucky to be able to teach it. We would like to thank The Faculty of Anaesthesia Trauma and Critical Care (ATACC) and in particular its director Dr. Mark Forrest for allowing us to do so.

Congratulations to everyone who passed and we look forward to working with you all again.

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