Central Australia Retrieval Training provides a immersive introduction to the issues faced when retrieving patients from locations where rapid access to tertiary level services is not possible and you often only have the equipment that you can carry.
It is a multidisciplinary course involving nurses, paramedics and medical staff working both within urban and remote settings, each bringing their unique skill set and perspective. It encourages a culture of mutual respect, acknowledging the difficulties of working in remote environments with limited resources, and the necessity of working well as a team to the benefit of the patient and community.
Dates for the the next courses:
August 7 – 9th 2019
Topics covered include:
- Aviation physiology and the pilots perspective
- Sepsis — the current evidence base
- Obstetric emergencies
- Paediatrics in Central Australia
- Retrieval of the behaviorally disturbed patient
- Approach to the mass casualty
Teamwork and communication are emphasised during a series of increasingly complex simulation scenarios drawn from real life experience.
Primary Scene Extrication
During orientation retrieval doctors also get the opportunity to train along side paramedics and fire crew to learn a safe approach to the challenges of primary scene extrications. Experiencing extrication from the point of view of the patient is not to be missed!
Ride alongs with St John Ambulance are rostered to give an additional perspective on the challenges of working in an urban environment.
Consultant led education sessions are held for the retrieval doctors and nurses every Monday. They open with a mini M+M session which provides the opportunity for all retrieval staff to contribute to the dissection of cases in a non-judgmental setting. This is usually followed by a more formal discussion on a clinical or educational topic relevant to retrieval.