Background and aims ETAT is a well established training course initiated through WHO in 2005. It is aimed at resource poor countries and teaches triage of children leading to effective emergency treatment. The course is run over 3 days consisting of tutorials and practical skill stations. We delivered ETAT for the first time in a semirural hospital situated in Lunsar, Sierra Leone.
Methods 20 candidates participated in the course. Candidates were asked to complete a test consisting of 25 points and to give structured feed back after completion of all modules.
Results 20 initial post course assessments were performed with an average score of 78.2%. overall feedback was very good with all categories rated as excellent or good. Overriding themes were:
"The training should be repeated on a regular basis"
"Tutorials and practical skill stations will help me to implement this knowledge into practice".
Conclusions ETAT training is well received with all feedback categories rated as either excellent or good. The initial testing demonstrated good knowledge of topics taught with an overall score of 78.2%. Post course retention of knowledge however is likely to be poor in line with previously published data. To achieve long term retention of knowledge ETAT training should be delivered repeatedly, ideally led by the local team.
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