This month’s newsletter is dedicated to those hospitals that transfer trauma patients to higher level trauma centers. And there are lots of you out there. I’ve included some information to help with the decision making in that process. Here are the topics covered:
Impact of the Rural Trauma Team Development Course on trauma transfers
The real truth about imaging prior to transfer
Image sharing systems
Secondary overtriage: what it is and why it’s bad
A sample checklist to make sure all the important stuff is done prior to transfer
I’ve also included a link to a Word document version of the checklist so you can download and customize it to suit your hospital’s needs.
The next newsletter will be released over the July 4 weekend. It will cover the other end of the transfer: the receiving hospital.
I’m going to send out the next edition of the Trauma MedEd newsletter on May Day! This issue is dedicated to hospitals that transfer trauma patients to upstream trauma centers. It will be full of tips on how to make the decision, and how to send them safely.
Here are some of the topics:
Predicting patients that require transfer. Is it possible to do it sooner?
Imaging issues. To scan or not to scan, that is always the question.
Value of the RTTD Course.
The Checklist. Make sure you get all the essentials done before you send.
I’m going to send out the next edition of the Trauma MedEd newsletter this coming weekend. I’m writing about a number of miscellaneous topics (Potpourri) that have intrigued me. And hopefully they will intrigue you as well.
Here are some of the topics:
Aspirin for DVT prophylaxis. A number of my orthopedic colleagues swear that this works, but I’ve been skeptical. What does the literature really say?
Outcomes of thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). This has become the treatment of choice in blunt traumatic aortic injury. How do these patients really fare over time?
Does MRI of the cervical spine assist in clearance? A look at the ReCONECT study.
As promised, the next Trauma MedEd newsletter will be released next week. Just in time for some light Christmas reading!
The topic is “Prevention.” Here are the areas I’ll be covering:
The American College of Surgeons requires all US trauma centers to engage in prevention activities. Unfortunately, there is frequently confusion about the role of the injury prevention coordinator, what kinds of programs are acceptable, and how local data needs to be included in prevention planning. I will cover all of this, and more, in the first part of the newsletter.
Curious about what others are doing out there? I’ll give you an idea of the most common prevention programs, and whether they are national programs or home grown.
I’ll review a few papers on the efficacy of trauma prevention programs.
Finally, I’ll give some tips on how to optimize the performance of your injury prevention coordinator and design effective programs.