Rural doctors likely to have less training in trauma life support.

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Rural doctors likely to have less training in trauma life support.

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Welcome to Public Health Moment from the University of Minnesota. Doctors and nurses in emergency rooms at rural hospitals are less likely to have advanced training in trauma life support than those in urban areas. That’s according to health policy researcher Michelle Casey of the University of Minnesota. <clip: “When we looked at the kinds of certification…training at working as a team.”> Given national shortages of emergency department physicians, Casey says rural hospitals should focus on continuing education for existing providers—such as family physicians and nurse practitioners. <clip: “We concluded that efforts to improve the quality of…evidence-based emergency department care.”> Casey adds that most rural hospitals either provide or make arrangements for their staff to receive continuing education. With another Public Health Moment, I’m John Finnegan.



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