Saturday 3rd March saw the 5th annual Keele Trauma Course take place at Keele Medical School. Despite a spot of cold weather, keen students arrived bright and early to get to grips with a challenging variety of medical concepts and practical skills. An opening talk on elective opportunities motivated students for a series of theory and skills-based workshops. Led by a team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable doctors, these sessions covered the principles of initial patient assessment, fracture management and airway management.
Following lunch, students were put to the test. Simulated patients created a dramatic “road traffic collision”, challenging decision-making when faced with fractures, head injuries, aggressive patients, death and more. Meanwhile, other groups encountered a young patient with terrible burns and a gentleman who had fallen from high up a ladder. Alongside this, workshops on how and when to gain intraosseous access were underway as well as practical sessions on extracting patients safely from cars and how to remove the helmet of a motorcyclist involved in a crash. This gave course attendees a chance to apply the morning’s theory as well as gaining an understanding of the trials of pre-hospital care.
The course committee would like to thank the medical school for its support and allowing use of the building as well as the staff and students that volunteered their time. Thanks also go to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Wesleyan, MDU and EMS for their support.
Sam Cassidy, Intercalating Medicine Student