Learning what to do when seconds count during the ‘Golden Hour’

In a matter of little more than an hour, 16 members of area hospital and EMS departments had to assess patients with injuries from gunshot wounds, high level falls, car ejection, motorcycle crashes, just to name a few. But luckily, it was all part of a training class held right here in the hallways of the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital. Learning how to deal with critical life-threatening situations before they happen in real time is what this particular training was all about. That is exactly what a contingent of hospital nurses and local and area EMS personnel practiced recently in a weekend training course focused on international trauma life support. The training class, conducted by Leon Charpentier with Integrated Training Services, is a fast paced course on teaching the critical aspects of patient trauma assessment. “This is critical in this line of work where these folks deal with car wrecks, falls and trauma of that nature,” said Charpentier. “This class is designed to train them on how to make efficient use of their time to ensure good and proper use of the critical time after an accident during what is known as the ‘Golden Hour.'” Participants in the class studied classroom topics for the much of the two-day class. Their knowledge and skills were then put to the test with a sequence of timed scenarios in which patients with varying symptoms were assessed and packaged for medical transport to a trauma care facility. “This is a pass or fail deal,” said Charpentier. “If the students fail the practical, they don’t get credit for the training.” Nurses from the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital and EMS staff members from Mason, Burnet and Brady attended the class. Sixteen members attended the weekend class. Cost for the class was funded by a grant from the Texas Engineering Extension Service which was made available through the Texas Department of Transportation. “This type of training is critical for towns like Brady, Burnet and Mason where rural medical care is key in getting victims to proper medical facilities.”

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