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90th Annual Meeting Abstracts

Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM) Course Participant Survey
*Lenworth M Jacobs, *Karyl J Burns, PhD
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT

Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM) Course Participant Survey
Objective: To query ATOM participants regarding perceptions of ATOM’s value and influence on knowledge, confidence, and skill to repair penetrating injuries.
Design: Anonymous, voluntary survey via the Internet at E-mail notification sent to all 1001 ATOM participants through May 2008. Items requested agreement/disagreement on a 5-point Likert scale. Agreement indicated positive perceptions of ATOM.
Setting: Institutional practice regarding education of surgeons for the management of penetrating trauma.
Participants: 962 surgeons received the request to complete the survey. 444 ATOM participants from 28 states and 17 countries participated; response rate 46%.
Interventions: ATOM uses standardized porcine simulation to teach repair of penetrating trauma; the goal is to enhance surgeons’ knowledge, confidence, and skill for managing penetrating injuries. It is offered in 26 sites in the United States, Canada, Africa, and the Middle East.
Main Outcome Measure: Participants’ responses to survey items.
Results: Range of agreement with the items was 75.4% to 99.0%. 75.4% (95% CI, 71.0% to 79.3%) can anticipate patient needs more readily. 78.9% (95% CI, 74.7% to 82.6%) can identify injuries more quickly. 80.7% (95% CI, 76.6% to 84.3%) are more organized approaching injuries. 86.1% (95% CI, 82.4% to 89.2%) can control injuries more effectively. 86.4% (95% CI, 83.0% to 89.4%) are more competent trauma surgeons. 87.0% are more confident (95% CI, 83.4% to 89.9%) and 89.2% more knowledgeable (95% CI, 85.8% to 92.0%) about repairing penetrating injuries. 99% (95% CI, 97.4% to 99.7%) said ATOM is worthwhile.
Conclusion: Participants worldwide perceive that ATOM is worthwhile and helps surgeons improve knowledge, confidence, and skill to repair penetrating injuries.


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