Trauma is currently the leading cause of death for people less than 44 years of age in the U.S. The emotional suffering and disability of America's youth are beyond calculation.
Trauma program goals and objectives
The goal of a Trauma Program is to establish a system within our healthcare facility and the community that will provide for optimal care of the trauma patient and their family. This obligation extends from pre-hospital care through emergent and critical care to rehabilitation and to re-entry into the community.
As a trauma center, we must view trauma in a comprehensive fashion. An ideal trauma system optimizes patient care through resources via prevention, access, availability of hospital beds, rehabilitation and research activities. There are four legs upon which we must stand as a trauma center:
- the medical/nursing care of the trauma patient
- trauma education for health care providers as well as the community
- trauma prevention strategies and programs
- research directed at trauma care, education and prevention
These are four areas in which a Trauma Program will take a leadership role in establishing.
Our objective is to provide an organized, systematic, and standardized approach to the resuscitation and care of the trauma victim in the Emergency Department through a clear definition of the priorities of care for the multiple trauma victim from his/her arrival in the ED throughout his/her hospital stay. All members of the healthcare team will have defined roles and responsibilities before, during, and after the resuscitation of all trauma patients.