Trauma team training in Norwegian hospitals: an observational study
Methods: For this observational study, the authors developed an online questionnaire and mailed it to local trauma coordinators from 38 Norwegian hospitals—including four trauma centers and 34 acute hospitals with trauma function. The study was performed during April–June 2020, with a two-month response window. Trauma team training frequency was assessed in four predefined intervals:<5, 5–9, 10–15 and>15 times per year. The response rate was 33 of 38, 87%.
Results: All responding hospitals conducted regular trauma team training. The frequency of training increased significantly from 2013 to 2020 (Chi square test, Chi2 8.33, p=0.04). All hospitals described a quite homogenous approach. The trauma centres trained more frequently as compared to the acute care hospitals (Chi square test, Chi2 8.24, p=0.04).
Conclusions: All responding hospitals performed regular trauma team training using a homogenous approach, which is in line with previous assessments. We observed a minor improvement in frequency compared to prior assessments. Our findings suggest that Norwegian trauma teams likely maintain their competence through team training. All hospitals followed the current recommendations from the National Trauma Plan.