COLORADO SPRINGS – In this Your Healthy Family, we’re talking about an important trauma symposium being held in Colorado Springs. It began this morning and runs all day tomorrow at the Antlers downtown.
Rochelle Armola is the director of trauma services with UCHealth Memorial explains what the 2018 Trauma Critical Care and EMS Symposium is all about. “It is to help educate all areas of health care providers with the best and most current care for trauma patients.”
Nearly 500 healthcare professionals have come to hear speakers brought in from all over the country, and from Colorado. Topics are all about the latest training in trauma care, not only as they apply to professionals, but also how professionals can expand them into our community. Like the “Stop The Bleed” program that teaches people how to control bleeding in a trauma situation, like a mass shooting.
Rochelle says, “We have the Stop The Bleed training here for these two days. We (UCHealth) have also recently received a grant, so we’re going to start rolling that out to the high schools in the Colorado Springs area.”
Since last year’s trauma symposium, UCHealth Memorial Central Hospital became the only designated level 1 trauma center in southern Colorado, and Rochelle says that only means that education and training symposiums like these are all the more important.
“We have to constantly keep pushing ourselves and doing the very best that we can on education and research to maintain our level 1 designation. We’ve done this seminar for a number of years. Now we will continue to ensure that all of our practitioners in the area, are going to be able to manage the really serious trauma patient and that means when people suffer a trauma, they will get the best trauma care fast.”
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