The Victorian state trauma system (VSTS) facilitates the management and treatment of major trauma patients in Victoria. The VSTS aims to reduce preventable death and permanent disability and improve patient outcomes by matching the needs of the injured patient to an appropriate level of treatment in a safe and timely manner.
The system works to have the right patient delivered to the right hospital in the shortest time.
One of the best ways to facilitate this is to provide an education resource to all clinicians.
Trauma Victoria is a statewide education initiative directed towards clinical staff (doctors, nurses, allied health, paramedics) that provide early patient care for major trauma outside of a major trauma service.
Guidelines are in place to support awareness of key aspects of the trauma system and early trauma care and include specialist trauma transfer guidelines.
A web-based learning management system provides modules to support each of the principle guideline areas. Skills tutorials on key trauma procedural interventions will also be accessible.
Moderated remote tutorials will also be offered in the future. Clinicians will join a multisite, multiparty video conferenced meeting room for tutorials and discussion on relevant trauma subjects. It will allow local practitioners to tap into specialised clinician knowledge to develop learning in a scenario to the fullest extent.
Regional simulation and team training will also be supported via a remote expert facilitator and will involve regional and subregional simulation trainers. It will build capacity among simulation trainers to enhance local trauma team training programs.
Facilitated visits will also be arranged whereby medical, nursing and allied health staff may be placed for brief rotations with a major trauma service in order to increase their experience and familiarity in major trauma management. The aim is also to promote the development of clinical relationships between organisations.