Trauma Team Services
From injury prevention programs, rounding on patients, providing internal and external education, to abstracting data into the Trauma Registry for statistical analysis to promote best practices, the Trauma Team ensures that Deaconess Hospital provides optimal trauma care and adheres to the standards set forth by the American College of Surgeons.
Working in conjunction with EMS, ED, Surgery, Lab, ICU, Radiology, Anesthesia, Respiratory, Nursing, Rehab, and other ancillary personnel, the Deaconess Regional Trauma Center is proud to be the region's leader in Trauma Care.
Below are some of the key physicians and health professionals involved in your care. The Trauma Team is made up of many talented people all working together to help you recover from a traumatic event. If you have questions/concerns at any time during your hospital stay or after discharge, please contact the Unit Manager. If he/she is not available you may contact Jill Swearer, Trauma Program Manager 812-450-4879.
The nurses caring for the trauma patient complete specialized trained and continually learn about advances in trauma care to ensure you receive the highest level of trauma nursing care. Many of the registered nurses have achieved national certifications in their specialties; you will see this information on their name badges. The nurse will work with the multi-disciplinary team and you to coordinate the plan of care and ensure readiness for discharge.
Patient Care Associates
The Patient Care Associates and Student Nurses assist the nurse, physician and therapists in coordinating daily care for the trauma patient. They are a vital part of the health care team and work very closely with the nurse to achieve your daily goals.
The Respiratory Therapist works with the patient to improve lung status with exercises, ventilator care and different breathing treatments.
Physical and Occupational Therapist
The Physical and Occupational Therapists work with the trauma patient to build strength, improve mobility, educate about weight bearing restrictions and provide equipment training (walkers, crutches, slide boards), with the goal of improving the patient's independence in daily activities.
The Dietician works with the trauma team to improve the nutritional status of the patient to promote healing.
Case Manager and Social Worker
The Case Manager and Social Worker assist the patient and the insurance company with regard to discharge planning and equipment needs. If you would like to speak with them, please let your nurse know.
The Visitor Assistant (for ICU patients) assists the trauma team, the patient, and the family in many ways. She/he coordinates visitation, quiet time and placement of families in waiting areas, facilitates discussions with physicians, and assists families in many other ways.
The Trauma Surgeon coordinates and manages the care of the trauma patient. He/she ensures that proper consults, medications and tests are ordered; coordinates discharge planning; and ensures that necessary follow-up is ordered for you prior to discharge. All trauma surgeons are affiliated with Evansville Surgical Associates.
Trauma Performance Improvement RN
The Trauma PI RN assists in coordinating your care with the entire trauma team and educates to promote optimal care.