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The purpose of the Outreach Program for Trauma is to improve outcomes for trauma patients in Southwestern Ontario by improving communications between providers in the region and by conducting Outreach Continuing Education programs in trauma.
To accomplish this purpose the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) Trauma Program coordinates and delivers Trauma Outreach Education programs to rural Hospitals in the southwest region, and organizes and sponsors other Trauma education activities such as: an annual Day in Trauma, Talk Trauma conference, and staff in-services.
Each year, approximately six outreach education programs are presented by trauma program team members to staff at hospitals in southwestern Ontario. Program content is customized according to the needs of the referral hospital but usually includes the management of the trauma patient as well as patient case reviews. Feedback from physicians, nurses and allied health care professional who attend these outreach education programs is very positive. Participants complete a brief evaluation following each program and the majority indicated that the program met their expectations and needs and they would attend similar sessions in the future.