Developed in partnership with the Ontario TeleHealth Network and Queen’s University, and staffed by some of Canada’s top trauma specialists, the TRON program provides immediate, 24/7 telemedical assistance to emergency physicians working in community hospitals that are often understaffed or under-serviced.
The lack of formal, advanced emergency training, coupled with a lack of opportunity to maintain resuscitation skills creates risk and discomfort for physicians faced with critically injured or severely ill patients. With user-friendly state-of-the-art technology, TRON puts these trauma specialists in the room and directly involved in the situation. This real-time resource gives TRON’s specialists a bird’s eye view, allowing them to provide accurate medical advice, guidance on team functioning and additional assistance, which enables physicians in the room to focus on critical patient management decisions.
In the past, the only options for many community health centers was to bring on additional staff and emergency physicians or to close the emergency department altogether. TRON is a win-win-win solution to these obstacles. With better physician support and new options for hospital administrators to affordably keep emergency departments open and accessible to their communities, TRON ultimately enables community health centers to deliver better patient care.
For more information on the program or how you can initiate the TRON program in your hospital, contact Dr. Daniel Howes.
One of the obvious priorities that was identified with developing teleresucitation system was to focus on the simplicity and ease of use. Having a physician put on a headset and simply push a button to be connected to a trauma physician, I think, achieves that goal.
Dr. Chris Parker