Trauma Register Course (TRC) Description
The original Trauma Register Course was first presented by the American Trauma Society in 1987 as a primer for professionals new to the area of trauma data collection. Since that time ATS’s Trauma Registrar Council took this entry-level course and built upon it to establish an advanced version in 1999.
While still providing an updated Basic course, the Advanced course provided a deeper look into the issues that affect a trauma registrar. It was designed to bridge the gaps and provides a more standardized understanding of the specialty and approach to the task of maintaining a trauma register for the seasoned registrar.
Ten years later, ATS combined these two courses in an effort to streamline education in a cost efficient manner for the trauma registrar. Lectures are designed to build upon experience, program maturity, and institutional needs. In this manner the TRC is designed and appropriate for trauma registrars / data managers of all levels of experience. The TRC provides the student with national standard definitions, and methodologies essential to a comprehensive trauma registry.
The TRC has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient since 1999 as an avenue for comprehensive trauma registry training.
The TRC – Distance Learning course offers the student the same instruction through video teaching. Due to the varying backgrounds of trauma registrars this course has been designed to allow the participant to navigate the course at their own pace. Also the distance learning version has several additional features for your learning experience. As you work your way through the course, different relevant sidebars are available. These short videos sections are designed to add additional insight into topics such as facial, chest, and abdominal trauma. The purpose of the sidebars is to enhance your learning experience.
Additionally the distance learning course offers the participant 25 different web links. These vary from reference materials for book marking, to coding aids, as well as examples of documents discussed during the course. The ATS however is not responsible for the content of these websites nor if an organization changes it website address.
In this independent study, the DVD was designed with three major sections visible on the computer screen. The presentation allows the student to view a list of slide titles on the far right side of the computer screen, view the actual power point slides on the right of the screen, and view the TRC faculty’s presentation on the left side of the screen. This format allows for a student to see and hear the lecturers as if in class while viewing the actual slide. The student also has the ability to print note pages for each lecture to facilitate note taking. Because of the synchronization of the lectures and video, the student is able to use the distance learning course as a desk reference. For example, if the student needs to “look up” M statistic, they would click on the Scoring lecture, scroll down the far right side to the slide title for M statistic and click on it. This automatically takes you to that power point slide, and the instructor begins the lecture portion of just that slide.
The benefits of a nationally trained trauma registrar include a standardized approach for valid data collection for use in supporting the trauma programs efforts in research, performance improvement & patient safety, and injury prevention.
This benefits the hospital and trauma system by providing:
- Valid reports to help drive an efficient and effective performance improvement program to better patient outcomes, reduce complications, and increase patient satisfaction.
- Accurate reporting to regional, state, and national registries which allows for accurate benchmarking and ranking.
- Knowledge and ability to identify unclear or nonspecific documentation that accounts for under coding and unclaimed reimbursement dollars.
- Accurate injury severity scores and probability of survival
The TRC is written, produced, updated and presented through the volunteer efforts of members of the Trauma Registrars' Council of the American Trauma Society. These courses are brought to you by your colleagues, who like you are immersed in these tasks every day. The Trauma Registrars' Council has grown into the largest national active group for the trauma registrar professional. This council is active in developing and communicating standards and improvements in trauma data collection and reporting. The also provide the countless hours and efforts to continually updated the ATS trauma registrar materials.
It is our hope that you will find a wealth of knowledge in this course that will enable you to assist your institution in its trauma registry program, making it the best that it can be. Additionally, we sincerely hope that this course, like other ATS efforts, will provide yet another means to achieve our goal of better education for trauma care and prevention.