alexa Trauma Ultrasound Training for Latin American Countries
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Journal of Trauma & Treatment
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Research Article

Trauma Ultrasound Training for Latin American Countries

Estebanez G, Rubiano AM*, Sánchez AI, Ulloa J and Puyana JC

Trauma and Emergency Service, Department of Neurosciences, Neiva University Hospital, South Colombia University, Colombia

*Corresponding Author:
Andres M Rubiano
Neurosurgeon and Critical Care Physician
Chief of Trauma and Emergency Service
Professor of Department of Neurosciences
Neiva University Hospital
South Colombia University, Colombia
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Received date: July 16, 2016; Accepted date: November 26, 2016; Published date: November 28, 2016

Citation: Estebanez G, Rubiano AM, Sánchez AI, Ulloa J, Puyana JC (2016) Trauma Ultrasound Training for Latin American Countries. J Trauma Treat 5:346. doi:10.4172/2167-1222.1000346

Copyright: © 2016 Estebanez G, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the creative commons attribution license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Objective: The Pan-American Trauma Society (PTS) developed a Trauma and Emergency Ultrasound Course (USET) in response to the requirement for trauma ultrasound training for low-and middle-income countries. The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficiency of this course. Method: Pre- and post- course tests were used. And interval estimation of proportions was calculated at 95% CI. Theoretical and practical pre- and post-course knowledge were assessed with the Wilcoxon Signed Rank test at 0.05 level of statistical significance. Result: Between 2005 and 2007, 114 students, including general surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, anesthesiologists, critical care physicians, and residents of these specialties, were trained in seven countries (Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, Venezuela, Aruba, Colombia, and Ecuador). The difference on complete knowledge ranked scores before and after the course was statistically significant (p<0.001). After the course, almost all participants (97.4%) demonstrated complete knowledge in final evaluation. Conclusion: The USET course is an effective approach for trauma ultrasound training. Specific training programs for trauma care providers that work in low-and middle-income countries are necessary and could be performed with low cost training programs.


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