Pre-hospital Trauma Courses
Basic Trauma and Casualty Care (BTACC)

The BTACC course was developed by the Faculty of Anaesthesia, Trauma and Critical Care to provide a structured, accredited framework of trauma training for non-medically qualified personnel. The course is designed to enable candidates to effectively identify and manage time-critical and life-threatening injuries prior to the arrival of emergency medical services.

This two-day course focusses on simple and relevant life-saving interventions that can be delivered at the scene of an emergency by non-medically trained personnel. Whilst basic first-aid measures are covered, the course goes beyond the typical first-aid syllabus to include essential life-saving interventions such as use of tourniquets and supraglotic airway devices and the administration of oxygen and, where indicated, Entonox. The course syllabus is based around the BTACC algorithm which provides a safe, effective and evidence-based framework for the identification and management of life-threatening and time-critical injuries until more skilled help is available. The course includes a high degree of scenario-based learning in which skills are practised in both low- and high-fidelity simulation using both mannequins and live casualty actors.

During the course, candidates work from the BTACC trauma bag which is a standardised set of kit that has been produced to meet the immediate needs of a front line trauma care provider. Details of the contents of the BTACC kit and recommended suppliers will be provided during the course.

The course faculty includes doctors, paramedics, nurses, advanced medics and firefighters all of whom have extensive experience in pre-hospital trauma care. Many of the faculty also hold advanced level instructor qualifications including ATACC, ATLS, ALS, APLS/EPLS, etc.

Topics Covered

  • The BTACC algorithm
  • Scene safety
  • Assessing mechanism of injury
  • Patient assessment
  • Control of massive haemorrhage
  • Airway management
  • Management of chest injuries
  • Safety and administration of medical gasses
  • Recognition and immediate management of shock
  • Management of the unconcious casualty
  • Recognition and management of head and neck injury
  • Management of limb trauma
  • Hand-over to emergency services

Practical Skills Included

  • Rapid patient assessment
  • Control of haemorrhage and the use of tourniquets
  • Airway management including use of oropharyngeal airways and the iGel supraglotic device
  • Ventilation using effective bag-mask technique
  • Administration of oxygen and entonox
  • Use of the automated external defibrilator
  • Fitting a cervical collar

Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and successful candidates receive the BTACC certificate, valid for three-years.  The certificate also provides confirmation of the number of hours of learning for CME/CPD purposes and the BTACC course is accredited for CPD by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and is recognised by the Royal College of Surgeons of England as well as a number of other professional bodies.

Booking and Course Fees

This is a demand led course and will be delivered at the request of groups or organisations to meet the needs of their participants. The course fee for courses delivered at your venue is £340 per person for a minimum of eight participants and includes course manual/handouts, assessment and certificate. If you have larger or smaller groups of participants, please contact us for an individual quotation.

To register your interest in the BTACC course, please contact us here.

Rescue Trauma and Casualty Care (RTACC)

The RTACC course is aimed at front-line emergency services personnel and emergency forst-responders who may have to deal with life-threatening emergencies (e.g. firefighters, police officers, coastguard and mountain rescue teams) as well as those from other industries such as construction or security.  Delivered over three-days (or compressed to two-days for those who already hold a BTACC or similar certification) the course trains candidates in the concepts of simple and easily achievable life-saving interventions which can be performed at the scene of any incident.

The three-day course covers all of the intermediate level syllabus incuded in BTACC with the addition of specialist content appropriate to the needs of the candidate group. It adds seamlessly onto the BTACC algorithm which allows the responder to rapidly identify time-critical injuries and to manage them until professional medical help is available. Designed for both clinicians and non-medically trained people, the techniques that candidates learn are the most up to date and have already saved lives, most notably in the construction industry, fire & rescue and police services and in combat situations.

In addition to the general trauma skills covered, the RTACC course provides training in highly specialised and situation specific skills. Many of these provide detailed knowledge and are tailored to the particular needs of candidates; e.g. management of crush syndrome for USAR specialists, suspension trauma for construction workers, burns/thermal injury and smoke inhalation for firefighters, penetrating trauma for police officers or blast and ballistic injuries for armed police, military or close protection medics.

Because the RTACC course is based around a modular framework of core topics and specialist knowledge/skills it is possible to conduct an RTACC course that fully meets the requirements of any organisation by selecting the most appropriate combination of core content and specialised modules.

The faculty includes doctors, paramedics, nurses, advanced medics, firefighters and those with specialist knowldge relevant to the course.  All of the faculty have extensive experience in pre-hospital trauma care and many also hold advanced level instructor qualifications including ATACC, ATLS, ALS, APLS/EPLS, etc.

This course brings intermediate level life support and advanced trauma skills to both medics and non-medics who are likely to find themselves on the front-line in trauma situations.

Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and successful candidates receive the RTACC certificate, valid for three-years.  The certificate also provides confirmation of the number of hours of learning for CME/CPD purposes and the RTACC course is accredited for CPD by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and is recognised by the Royal College of Surgeons of England as well as a number of other professional bodies.

Booking and Course Fees

This is a demand led course and will be delivered at the request of groups or organisations to meet the needs of their participants. The course fee for courses delivered at your venue is £420 per person for a minimum of eight participants and includes course manual/handouts, assessment and certificate. If you have larger or smaller groups of participants, please contact us for an individual quotation.

To register your interest in the BTACC course, please contact us here.

The BTACC and RTACC courses are sanctioned by the Faculty of Anaesthesia, Trauma and Critical Care (ATACC), accredited for CPD by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and are recognised by the Royal College of Surgeons of England as well as a number of other professional bodies.

You may also be interested in our Emergency Medical Technician course or our Tactical Trauma Assessment and Management course.

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