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BACKGROUND: Despite the evolution, expansion and popularity of emergency medicine as a medical specialty in the United Kingdom (UK), emergency departments are still primarily staffed by senior house officers (second and third year graduates), particularly at weekends and at night. METHODS: A telephone and postal survey of Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) training completed by this cohort of doctors indicates that UK courses are failing to train adequate numbers. RESULTS: It can thus be argued that ATLS is not being disseminated to the relevant grass-roots of medical care, where it is likely to be of the most benefit. CONCLUSIONS: The present study discusses possible reasons for this and offers constructive solutions to the problem. Although the matters discussed in this study refer to UK medical practice, they may be of relevance and interest to Australasian practitioners. Is EMST in Australasia training the appropriate group of doctors?

Type

Journal article

Journal

Aust N Z J Surg

Publication Date

08/1999

Volume

69

Pages

567 - 568

Keywords

Data Collection, Education, Medical, Continuing, Emergency Medicine, England, Humans, Life Support Care, Traumatology