LVAC, Mercy Flight offer trauma life support course

Instructor Donald Trzepacz Jr, middle, watches Andy Gangloff, left, and Jim Honeck practice spinal stabilization during an ITLS course at LVAC on Jan. 14-15.

Instructor Donald Trzepacz Jr, middle, watches Andy Gangloff, left, and Jim Honeck practice spinal stabilization during an ITLS course at LVAC on Jan. 14-15.

LVAC and Mercy Flight teamed up Jan. 14-15 to offer an International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) course to area first responders. ITLS is designed to review, organize and prioritize the skills and didactic information needed to handle a multitude of trauma situations. The program was instructed by the region's leaders in trauma and critical care transport including Donald Trzepacz Jr., an LVAC paramedic and Education and Quality Improvement Manager for Mercy Flight. Participants were shown how to enhance their existing trauma care and reduce on-scene times in an effort to improve patient outcome. Topics covered included Trauma Patient Assessment, Mechanisms of Injury, BLS and ALS Airway, Shock, Thoracic and Abdominal Trauma, Head and Spinal Trauma, Extremity Trauma, Burns and more. Participants — which included EMS personnel and firefighters — were given extensive practical skills practice on Trauma Patient Assessment, Load and Go Situations, Rapid Extrication, BLS and ALS Airway, Spinal Immobilization Including KED and Short Board, Traction Splinting and Helmet Removal.
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