Trauma resuscitation in the emergency department involves coordinated, well-equipped, and trained health care providers to make essential, prudent, and expedient management decisions. During resuscitation, health care providers' knowledge and skills are critical in minimizing the potential risks of mortality and morbidity.
This study aimed to evaluate the impact of training on nurses' knowledge and confidence regarding trauma resuscitation and whether there was any difference between participants with and without previous trauma training.
This study used a pre- and posttraining test study design to evaluate the effects of an intensive 8-hr trauma resuscitation training program on nurses' knowledge from January 2018 to August 2021. The training program consisted of lectures and patient scenarios covering initial assessment, resuscitation, and management priorities for trauma patients in life-threatening situations, stressing the principles of the trauma team approach.
A total of 128 nurses participated in 16 courses conducted during the study period. This study found significant improvement in nurses' knowledge after the training (pre- and posttraining median [interquartile range, IQR] test scores 5 [4–6] vs. 9 [8–9], p < .001). There was no significant difference in pretraining test scores between the participants with previous trauma training and those without training (median [IQR] test scores 5 [4–6] vs. 4 [4–5], p = .751).
Trauma resuscitation training affects nurses' knowledge improvement, emphasizing the need for training trauma care professionals to provide adequate care.