10th edition of PHTLS – getting our Medilink doctors and nurses certified
Training of medical staff is essential to ensure safety for both the patients and the individuals delivering medical care. It also helps improve the overall patient experience, as proper training teaches staff how to deliver care, but also how to do it the right way. The higher knowledge the staff has, the fewer errors that affect or even hurt patients may be made.
In this respect, we have been delivering industry-standard and globally accredited specialist medical training to both our staff and third parties since 2019, through our Medilink International Training Academy. Our portfolio of courses includes, amongst others, the Prehospital Trauma Life Support Course (or PHTLS) which has been developed by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. PHTLS is the global gold standard in prehospital trauma education and is taught in over 80 countries.
The NAEMT has recently launched the 10th edition of PHTLS, which includes significant updates and recommendations from the NAEMT. At Medilink International, we are currently working on training our medical staff on this new edition so that they will be certified and able to deliver prehospital life trauma support aligned with the recommendations of the NAEMT. By the end of the year, the new edition of PHTLS should be effective in all the countries where we are currently operating.
What is NAEMT?
NAEMT education aims to provide globally accredited training to enhance the knowledge and skills of public and private sector emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners from paramedics, emergency medical technicians and emergency medical responders to other professionals providing pre-hospital and out-of-hospital emergency, urgent or preventive medical care.
To further this mission, NAEMT partners reputable third-party training providers who have demonstrated their expertise and capacity to conduct the organisation’s rigorous training courses to the required international standards.
NAEMT training centre status is granted to those who demonstrate clear commitment to developing and sustaining a quality EMS training programme. Training centre status demands adherence to a stringent list of criteria and requires accredited centres to undergo periodic assessment to ensure standards are maintained.
NAEMT itself was founded in 1975 and now has around 65,000 members drawn from all professions and sectors of EMS, spanning government service agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations’ settings, and from within armed forces’ services. As a body, it supports EMS research and innovation and lobbies on behalf its members, as well as disseminating knowledge on a wide range of issues that impact EMS.
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