1500 S.W. 10th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66604

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(785) 354-6100

Trauma Education for Health Care Professionals

Stormont Vail Emergency & Trauma Center offers many avenues for outreach education and prevention. We visit schools, civic groups and other community organizations, as well as offer presentations on topics ranging from hospital staff trauma education to the importance of wearing seat belts and bicycle safety helmets. We also provide continuing education to emergency medical personnel and help hospitals and health care providers in other communities develop their trauma/emergency services.

Trauma Prevention

Stormont Vail Emergency & Trauma Center’s ultimate goal in health care and in our statewide trauma system is to educate our citizens to the degree that our Trauma Teams won't have to work anymore! The best trauma care of all is prevention because half of all trauma deaths occur before patients reach the hospital.

Prevention activities and education are the cornerstone of an active trauma service as this is the best opportunity to impact our highest risk patients – kids and young adults.

Prevention activities that we have provided in the past and are currently available are:

  • Bicycle Safety (1st through 4th grades)
  • Bicycle Helmet Use (Pre-K through 4th grades)
  • Seatbelt use (Teens)
  • Driving Distractors -- alcohol/drugs, cell phones, multiple passengers, etc. (Teens)
  • Gun Safety
  • Fall prevention in the older adult

Trauma Grand Rounds

Trauma Grand Rounds is an educational opportunity to learn, improve and incorporate evidence-based medical techniques to effectively and efficiently care for trauma patients. This is accomplished through trauma patient case presentations and "mini-lecture" formats.

Trauma Grand Rounds is open to physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. It is held monthly and is an hour in length. Attendees are awarded one hour of CME (Cat. I) or 1.2 hours of CEU. For specific topics, times and location, please refer to the link above. No information presented will contain patient identification or data that could be linked to an individual patient.

Annual Trauma and Critical Care Symposium

The Annual Trauma and Critical Care Symposium is coordinated and presented by Stormont Vail Emergency & Trauma Center. The focus of this daylong conference is trauma care in rural and austere environments. Subjects range from trauma system development to the initial evaluation, treatment and management of a variety of traumatic injuries. The information presented is tailored to physicians, physician extenders, nurses, respiratory therapist and pre-hospital personnel who care for, or plan to care for trauma victims. Attendees will obtain basic knowledge essential to effectively and efficiently manage trauma victims in rural Kansas. For further information, contact the Emergency & Trauma Center at (785) 354-5470.

Rural Trauma Team Development Course

This course was developed by The Rural Trauma Subcommittee of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma to train small rural hospitals or clinic trauma teams. This course uses the team approach for the initial assessment and resuscitation of the injured patient and their transfer for definitive care.

TNCC (Trauma Nursing Core Course)

The optimal care of the trauma patient is best accomplished within a framework in which all members of the trauma team use a systematic, standardized approach to the care of the injured patient. Nurses are essential members of the trauma team. The purpose of TNCC is to present core level knowledge, refine skills and build a firm foundation in trauma nursing. The course includes both lectures and psychomotor skills in practice and evaluation.

CATN-II (Course in Advanced Trauma Nursing)

This course is an innovative continuing education program that utilizes a case study approach to improve critical decision-making skills. This 13-hour course combines didactic content with interactive discussions and is presented in a flexible format.

Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to:

  • Analyze psychophysiologic concepts as they relate to human responses to injury
  • Integrate the psychophysiologic concepts through case studies
  • Synthesize the principles of trauma system development, ethical dilemmas and the application of science to nursing practice with the physiologic concepts to assure a comprehensive approach to the injured patient
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of advanced trauma nursing on patient outcomes

ENPC (Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course)

ENPC is a 16-hour course designed to provide core-level pediatric knowledge and psychomotor skills needed to care for pediatric patients in the emergency setting. The course presents a systematic assessment model, integrates the associated anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology and identifies appropriate interventions. Triage categorization and prevention strategies are included in the course content. ENPC is taught using a variety of formats including lectures and videotapes. In a risk-free setting, skill stations encourage participants to integrate their psychomotor abilities and knowledge in a patient situation. 

Clinical Rotations

Clinical Rotations can be arranged on a case-by-case basis. Contact Stormont Vail Emergency & Trauma Center at (785) 354-5470 for more information.