VISION:  Improve the lives of all those affected by or at risk of traumatic injury.
Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC) 3rd Edition

RTTDC emphasizes a team approach to initial assessment, resuscitation and transfer of the trauma patient in a systemized, concise manner.

Course Content
The didactic portion of the course addresses the following concepts:

  • Airway
  • Breathing
  • Circulation
  • Disability
  • Exposure and Environment
  • Transfer to Definitive Care
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Special Consideration (Pregnancy, Burns, Geriatric)
  • Performance Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Communications
The course also includes Team Performance Scenarios, in which the teams use patient scenarios to perform a primary assessment.

Course Description
Developed by the Rural Trauma Committee of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, RTTDC is based on the concept that in most situations, rural facilities can form a trauma team consisting of at least three core members.  The course is offered in a single day or modular format.

Target Audience
The intended audience includes individuals who are involved in the care of the injured patient, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, prehospital personnel, technicians and administrative support.

Course Objectives
  • Organized rural trauma team with defined roles and responsibilities for the members
  • Prepare a rural facility for the appropriate care of the injured patient
  • Identify local resources and limitations
  • Assess and resuscitate a trauma patient
  • Initiate the transfer process early
  • Establish a performance improvement process
  • Communication effective
  • Define the relationship between the rural trauma facility and the regional trauma system
The American College of Surgeon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation
The American College of Surgeons designated this Live Activity for a maximum of 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Other non-physician participants will receive a certificate of course completion that they can use to claim credits from their respective credentialing entities.

RTTDC is offered in the following provinces stated below:


Janice Rideout 
Phone:  709-777-8416

Anne Sorvari

Tara Grenier

New Brunswick
NB Trauma Program
Phone:  (506) 648-8040

Nova Scotia
Kathy Hartlen

Christine Vis
Phone: (403) 944-4339


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