Emergency Department Staff Receive Specialized Training

Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announced that over 90% of its Emergency Department (ED) staff at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital have now completed trauma management training and are certified in either the Trauma Nurse Core Course or Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course.

Instructors from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Medical Centre and Brockton Hospital in Massachusetts were on the island last week to teach these specialized courses to emergency department nurses who were required to sit an exam to earn their certification.

“It is quite an achievement for so many of our nursing staff to be certified in trauma management,” explains Brad Kleinig, Clinical Educator for the Clinical Care Programme. “This has a very positive impact on our ability to provide patients with the highest standard of care in emergency situations.”

Emergency department nurses have been receiving trauma management training for the past several years. Last week’s course was attended by 35 nurses.

“We now have 90% of our emergency department nurses trained in adult trauma care and 70% trained in pediatric trauma care,” said Mr. Kleinig.

Maureen Curtis-Cooper, one of four instructors who taught the course in September, said, “The Emergency Nurses Association in the USA commends hospitals that achieve such a high percentage of staff trained in trauma management. This is a very prestigious accomplishment and reflects BHB´s commitment to excellence and to offering patients the very best in trauma care.”

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