The ETC was initially developed in collaboration between The European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA), the European Society of Emergency Medicine, the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and The European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery (ESTES).
At the time of concept, these 4 societies recognized the need for a multidisciplinary course dedicated to the management of major trauma patients and pulling together the international expertise and developments that have been seen in the preceding years.
The first pilot course was run in Malta in 2006. Since then, ETC has gone on to provide 150 courses per year, in 20 countries, and continues to grow.
ETC now provides over 150 courses per year, in over 20 countries, and is always growing.
The first ETC was run in the UK in 2009 at QE University Hospital Birmingham and included many of the founding fathers of ETC in the faculty. A number of key members of ETC UK today attended as candidates. Since 2009, the UK has grown considerably and currently runs approximately 25 courses each year.
As ETC becomes an increasingly attractive course, we are constantly looking to increase the number of centres offering ETC, whilst maintaining the quality.
As a result of this ETC UK have established criteria to be met by centres that wish to run ETC.