Michael Handy from The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital trauma service talks about the service.
Michael Handy from The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital trauma service talks about the service. Alistair Brightman

Trauma education for medics

FRASER Coast trauma victims are now in even better hands following a Trauma Education Day at the weekend for our local ambos, doctors and nurses.

Qld’s leading trauma surgeons were just some of the medical experts who took to the mic at the Hervey Bay Hospital.

“It’s basically an opportunity for local clinicians to gain further education from those at the forefront of trauma management,” said Hervey Bay Hospital Clinical Educator of Critical Care and ICU Clinical Nurse Janette McCosker.

“It’s a pilot program and, until now, hasn’t been done in regional Qld yet.”

The education day included presentations on the State Trauma Plan and the implications for the Fraser Coast.

Qld Ambulance Service paramedic Darryl Searle also presented a case study on Fraser Island vehicle rollovers and some of the preventative measures that could be put in place in the future.

“It was looking at how Fraser Island could be made a little safer for tourists and what we can do to get care quicker to victims,” Ms McCosker said.

“They were talking about general safety preventative measures.”

Ms McCosker said it was great to see the education day “very well attended” by about 60 clinicians.

“It was fabulous to get the input for the top surgeons in Brisbane and to have them join forces with our regional clinicians,” she said.

“This program highlights the need for regional clinicians to have the education to provide patients with better care and outcomes here.”



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