Trauma Services – A Team Approach
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 Jillian Swearer, Trauma Service Line Manager at 812-450-4879.
Nurses complete specialized training and continually learn about advances in trauma care to ensure you receive the highest level care available. They work with you and the multi-disciplinary team to coordinate your plan of care and ensure readiness for discharge.
Patient Care Associates
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.
Respiratory therapists work with the patient to improve lung status with exercises, ventilator care and different breathing treatments.
Physical and Occupational Therapists
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.
Dieticians work with the trauma team to improve the nutritional status of the patient and promote healing.
Case Managers and Social Workers
Case managers and social workers 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.
Visitor assistants (for ICU patients) assist the trauma team, the patient, and the family in many ways. They coordinate visitation, quiet time and placement of families in waiting areas, facilitate discussions with physicians and serve as a resource to the families in many other ways.
Trauma surgeons coordinate and manage the care of the trauma patient. They ensure proper consults, medications and tests are ordered, coordinate discharge planning and make sure necessary follow-up is ordered for you prior to discharge. All trauma surgeons at Deaconess are affiliated with Evansville Surgical Associates.
Trauma Performance Improvement RN
Trauma PI RNs assist in coordinating your care with the entire trauma team and provide education.
Trauma registrars are an essential component of any trauma program as they are responsible for the collection, entry, maintenance, and reporting of data as required by various regulatory agencies. The trauma registry is what drives an efficient and effective trauma program.
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