Trauma Program Pilot Project - July 2017

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Trauma Program Pilot Project - July 2017

26-Jul-2017

We are pleased to announce that the RQHR’s Trauma Program has been approved for an 18 month pilot project, with implementation on July 28, 2017. The Trauma Pilot Program Oversight Committee has been working hard to ensure the needs of the patients and staff are met, as we move towards the implementation date.

The Trauma Pilot will see coordination of care throughout the continuum, and provide the right care to the right patient at the right time.

What improvements you will see:

  • Addition of Surgical Trauma Team Leads to the trauma care team
  • Opening of the Trauma Burn Unit on 6A at RGH
  • Improved patient flow in RGH Emergency Department

What to expect from the Trauma Team Leads (TTL):

  • Response within 20 minutes of activation, to all Level 1 and 2 traumas in the Emergency Department and manage the resuscitation in the role of Most Responsible Physician (MRP)
  • Coordination of the care of Trauma patients through the emergency department, inpatient admission and discharge
  • Coordination with other care services and specialties as appropriate
  • Admitting physician/MRP for the Trauma Burn Unit on 6A
  • Consults on Level 3 traumas upon request (physician to physician) and after assessment by the admitting specialty surgeon
  • Consults on Level 4 traumas upon physician to physician request
  • Communication point for rural physicians managing the care of a Level 1 and 2 trauma patient
  • Admitting TTL will be the same physician for all Level 1 and 2 trauma patients, which is different from previous models

What to expect from  the Trauma Burn Unit on 6A:

  • Improved nursing care model for trauma patients
  • Specialized management of multi-system and complex trauma patients
  • Enhanced coordination of care through cohorting of trauma patients
  • Coordinated and continuous and patient care pathway

How will this affect Emergency Department patient flow:

  • Improved flow of trauma patients through the Emergency Department by having defined targets for time spent within the Emergency Department
  • Assigned MRPs for level 1 and 2 trauma patients
  • Improved consulting services

As we move closer to the implementation date of July 28, 2017, it is important that staff is informed of the changes taking place.  This will allow us to deliver a new care pathway to the patients we serve.

Please share this information with your staff and teams.

Questions and feedback are welcomed.