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2-Day Intensive Trauma Course: Conquer the Deteriorating Patient

Sean G. Smith, MSc, FP-C, C-NPT, CEN, CFRN, CTRN, TCRN, CPEN, CCRN-CMC (Adult), CCRN-K (Neonatal), CCRN-K (Pediatric)
13 Hours 02 Minutes
May 11, 2020
PESI, Inc.
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When a trauma patient presents, your responses have to be spot on. Each patient presents uniquely. And time is critical. There may have been instances in the past when you wondered afterward if you did all that you could have for a patient….

No matter what your skill level, or what your goals, this recording will provide you with the in-depth skills and knowledge you need to confidently intervene for the life-threatening patient emergencies you face. Learn through a case-based presentation of the physiology and emergent management of traumatic mechanisms of injury. In addition to drawing from several certification exam blueprints (CCRN, CEN, CPEN…), it will serve as an excellent way for you to learn key clinical pearls that go well beyond typical trauma curriculum!

Sean Smith helped author the 7th edition of Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum, and is certified in tactical paramedicine, emergency nursing, ICU nursing, flight nursing, neonatal/pediatric critical care transport, and pediatric emergency nursing. Take advantage of Sean’s incredible insights to advance your skillset in this challenging area of patient care.

This intense course will provide new clinical insights and critical thinking skills, so you won’t need to feel uncertain, scared or at risk anymore.


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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  For Planning Committee disclosures, please statement above.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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This self-study program offers 240 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 4.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement. 

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PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 14.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Nurses - Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 14.0 self-study contact hours.

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PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 14.0 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

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This self-study activity qualifies for 14.0 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Sean G. Smith, MSc, FP-C, C-NPT, CEN, CFRN, CTRN, TCRN, CPEN, CCRN-CMC (Adult), CCRN-K (Neonatal), CCRN-K (Pediatric)'s Profile

Sean G. Smith, MSc, FP-C, C-NPT, CEN, CFRN, CTRN, TCRN, CPEN, CCRN-CMC (Adult), CCRN-K (Neonatal), CCRN-K (Pediatric) Related seminars and products

Sean G. Smith, MSc, FP-C, C-NPT, CEN, CFRN, CTRN, TCRN, CPEN, CCRN-CMC (Adult), CCRN-K (Neonatal), CCRN-K (Pediatric), is a humanitarian/flight nurse-paramedic who is triple board-certified in neonatal, pediatric, and adult critical care and emergency medicine. He brings 30+ years of education and team/leadership experience to his presentations from a career that includes global health, tropical medicine, research molecular neuroendocrinology, nuclear engineering technology, US Navy aviation/NASA manned space flight support, and high-performance teams/high-yield pedagogy, dozens of national/international conference presentations and various awards and honors. Author/co-author/review credits include a best-selling laboratory medicine textbook, a chapter on shock in Nursing Core Curriculum a section in the newly released Resuscitation Crisis Manual, numerous other industry-standard textbooks, and several professional association critical care/emergency medicine curriculums and board certification review courses (AACN, ANN, ENA, SCCM, etc.). Additionally, Sean routinely consults on clinical, legal, and certification matters for numerous high-profile hospital systems (Yale, Mayo, etc.). He holds an MSc in Pharmacy/Forensic Science, bachelor’s degrees in business administration, nursing, and molecular biology, and post graduate certificates in Forensic Death Investigation, Legal Consulting, and Tropical Medicine. In addition to being active in a number of professional associations (SCCM, AACN, WADEM, etc.), Sean is a life member of Mensa, The Emergency Nurses Association, and the Air Surface Transport Nurses Association. He has served on the executive committees and in various leadership roles of numerous charities and professional associations and has led/participated in 50+ medical missions (Dominican Republic, Honduras, Morocco, Liberia, Nepal, Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Haiti). Sean served as a clinician and educator during the largest Ebola and Cholera outbreaks in recent history and is currently active in building sustainable neonatal-pediatric cardiac critical care capacity in Iraq, as well as serving as part of a national-level multidisciplinary child sexual assault forensics team in Guyana, South America. Hobbies include Scuba diving and vintage science kits, tube amplifiers, and motorcycles.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Sean Smith is an independent contractor. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Sean Smith is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the Society for Critical Care Medicine.

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  1. Conduct a Rapid Trauma Assessment, including FAST and EFAST, focused abdominal sonogram for trauma and ultrasound assessment of trauma.
  2. Analyze physiological presentations and clinical signs indicative of specific trauma diagnoses.
  3. Distinguish key palliative interventions in the stabilization and projected continuum of care for selected pediatric and adult traumatic injuries.
  4. Plan for trauma specific issues in airway management and pulmonary pathophysiology.
  5. Assess to determine the most appropriate critical-care stabilization, ongoing care, and transport for a neurological trauma patient.
  6. Apply new insights related to the anatomy and physiology of the cardiac system to trauma care.
  7. Evaluate physiological presentations and clinical signs indicative of specific trauma diagnoses.
  8. Integrate knowledge, skills and abilities to enhance the clinical practice of providers caring for the multi-system trauma patient.
  9. Plan appropriate clinical interventions for common clinical problems encountered in the management of the complex, multi-system trauma patient.
  10. Choose best responses to patients in crisis using trauma resuscitation algorithms.
  11. Determine interventions based upon current research and updates in clinical practice that supersede curriculums.
  12. Demonstrate critical thinking skills necessary to successfully complete the TCRN examination.


Trauma Assessment
  • Head to toe physical exam
  • Rapid trauma assessment (EXTERNAL trauma)
  • Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS): An evolving role in INTERNAL trauma assessment
Hemorrhage Control
  • Pathophysiology and palliation in hemorrhage control
  • Battlefield best practices brought to the bedside
  • TXA, Tourniquets, Transfusion, Thoracotomies, the Trauma Triad of Death and more…
Emergent and Ongoing Pain Management in Traumatic Injuries
  • Pain pathways: Transduction, transmission, modulation, and perception
  • Rapid pain management relative to specific mechanisms of injury
  • The underlying physiologies to consider
Head to Toe Review of Systems
  • Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Diffuse Axonal Injury
  • Ocular Trauma
  • Intubation in Trauma and Emergent Surgical Airways
  • Blunt and Penetrating Mechanisms of Cardiac Injury
  • Thoracic Cavity Injuries and Pulmonology Considerations
  • Eviscerations and Other Peritoneal Cavity Concerns
  • Traumatic Considerations Within the Pelvic Girdle
  • Long Bone and Extremity Fractures
Specific Complex Mechanisms of Injury
  • Motor vehicle trauma
  • Gun shot wounds
  • Kinematics of explosion related injuries
  • Burn resuscitation management
Not Just Little Adults: Pediatric Trauma Review
  • Rapid head to toe assessments
  • Can’t miss differences between adult and pediatric patients
Putting It All Together: Case Based Review
  • Identify Key Missed Moments, Lessons Learned, and Best Practices
    • Assessment
    • Intervention
    • Documentation

Target Audience

  • RNs, NPs, PAs, and Paramedics from:
    • Emergency Departments
    • Critical Care
    • Medical-Surgical floors
    • Cardiology
    • Neurology
    • Urgent Care
  • Anyone desiring next level skills to proactively assess and intervene in the crashing trauma patient!


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