Developing a National Trauma Management Workshop in Iran Applying an Animal Model


Masoud Saghafinia 1 , * , M Khatamai 2 , N Nafissi 2 , R Asadollahi 2 , J Akhavan-Moqadam 2

1 Trauma Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, [email protected], Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Surgery, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Saghafinia M, Khatamai M, Nafissi N, Asadollahi R, Akhavan-Moqadam J. Developing a National Trauma Management Workshop in Iran Applying an Animal Model, Iran Red Crescent Med J. Online ahead of Print ; 11(1):32-36.


Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal: 11 (1); 32-36
Article Type: Research Article
Received: May 15, 2008
Accepted: November 10, 2008


Background: Traumas take a heavy toll throughout the world and Iran is increasingly involved in this problem. So, education and training of medical staff for successful handling of traumatic patients seem necessary. In this study, we tried to develop and evaluate a national training program on trauma management to use animal models through a trauma management workshop.


Methods: After primary survey and designing an advanced trauma management workshop, 144 practitioners of one armed force were randomly selected to be trained. Participants could experience some practical and new aspects. For example, they handled high velocity traumas and were involved throughout the different phases of trauma management under the supervision of experienced leaders. To assess the program, participants completed open-ended (essay), multiple-choice question (MCQ), and skill exams before and after the workshop.


Results: A trauma training program was developed and evaluated. In essay exam, scores significantly increased from 26 to 58, MCQ scores significantly rose from 49 to 65, and the participant’s practical competency significantly improved from 46 to 75.


Conclusion: Immense attention is required to optimize doctors’ training in trauma care to avoid fossilization of cognitive knowledge and skills.


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