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Community Education

Stop the Bleed

Doctors and nurses at the Trauma One Center at OU Medical Center are joining with the American College of Surgeons to provide simple lifesaving training for local churches, businesses, and schools as part of a national initiative called “Stop the Bleed.” The “Stop the Bleed” course was developed following the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The program’s focus is that with the proper training, anyone can save a life after an injury such as a laceration or bullet wound. Simple tactics such as how to apply pressure to a wound and using a tourniquet properly are taught to community members in attendance.

For more information on this life-saving training, please visit our website at

Concussion Education

OU Medicine’s Trauma Program believes in the importance of community outreach and education. One of the educational offerings includes concussion education. During this free one-hour session, parents, coaches, and athletes will hear a presentation on sports related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions and what to look for if someone is suffering from a concussion, and viewers will be able to learn about return-to-play guidelines following concussion injuries. OU Medicine wants to ensure schools, coaches, parents, and athletes have access to trauma specialists with up-to-date concussion education and will provide handouts and posters for participants to take home after the course.

For more information on this course, or to sign up for an upcoming course, please visit our website at

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

The Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) program can teach you a systematic, concise approach to the care of a trauma patient. ATLS was developed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and was first introduced in 1980. Its courses provide you with a safe and reliable method for immediate management of injured patients. The course teaches you how to assess a patient’s condition, resuscitate and stabilize him or her, and determine if his or her needs exceed a facility’s capacity. It also covers how to arrange for a patient’s inter-hospital transfer and ensure optimum care is provided throughout the process. If you don’t treat trauma patients frequently, an ATLS course provides an easy method to remember for the evaluation and treatment of a trauma victim.

OU Medicine offers Advanced Trauma Life Support on campus to providers, advanced practice providers and allows RN and paramedic auditors. For information on registering for this course, please email

Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC)

OU Medicine’s trauma team provides community outreach for our rural hospitals by providing an on-site training called Rural Trauma Team Development Course. Our multidisciplinary trauma team travels all across Oklahoma to train rural facilities to help ensure that appropriate resuscitation and stabilization is given to Oklahomans affected by trauma. The goal of this course is to improve the quality of care in rural communities by developing a timely, organized, and rational response to the care of the trauma patient and a team approach that addresses the common problems in the initial assessment and stabilization of the injured. It is the purpose of RTTDC to increase the efficiency of resource utilization and improve the level of care provided to the injured patient in the rural environment.

For information on booking a Rural Trauma Team Development Course, please email

Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET)

The Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET) course uses human cadavers to teach surgical exposure of anatomic structures that, when injured, may pose a threat to life or limb. Students use a course manual that provides an overview of surgical exposures in key areas: neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, and upper and lower extremities. The one-day course covers each section, beginning with a case-based overview that is followed by a hands-on exposure guided by the faculty. The student-to-faculty ratio is low, allowing extensive faculty guidance and interaction with students. Each student assesses his or her ability to perform each exposure independently and is evaluated on knowledge and technical skills.

For information about enrolling in an ASSET course, please email

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