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STARS Critical Care and Transport Medicine Academy

Impacts Entire Province

RADF Investment: $577,676

Other Investment: $225,000

Total Investment: $802,676

Project Period: April 2010–June 2012

Education Education
Health Health

T: 780.890.3131

Project Description

This project creates a training course that prepares rural nurses, respiratory therapists, physicians, and paramedics to function as members of a critical care team. The course teaches skills that meet the special needs of critically ill patients before and during transport. The course will also cover how to maintain stable procedures and hospital equipment while in transit. The goal is to train up to 75% of Alberta rural health practitioners. Supports and amenities such as online learning technologies and travel and tuition bursaries are used to promote participation.

Expected Outcomes and Benefits

All projects go through a selection process to ensure they will improve the quality of life for Albertans. This project meets this objective through the following outcomes and benefits:

  • Expand skills development opportunities for rural health professionals
  • Increase access to state-of-the-art medical services for rural residents
  • Enhance rural health delivery