Pediatric Trauma Society

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Breaking Down the Walls - The Rebuilding of a Trauma Core Nurse Collaborative
*Lynn Horton, *Colin Lux, *Michael Dingeldein
Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH

Background: A trauma core nurse group was established in a tertiary level 1 pediatric trauma center to enhance collaboration and comradery between nursing divisions. This group successfully streamlined processes and improved communication and resources for all trauma patients across the continuum of care.
Methods: Nurses with a special interest in the care of pediatric trauma patients were identified on each division. Quarterly meetings were established to assess and identify areas of opportunity on each unit and present what changes could help improve workflow and documentation. An interesting find, was that each division identified shared areas of opportunity for improvement. A joint collaborative effort empowered the core group to address shared projects.
Results: Because of the initiation of the trauma core nurse collaborative, three major process improvement projects were identified and completed. The projects were shown to improve documentation, highlight important handoff communication and increase safety measures for patients and families.
Conclusion: The trauma core nurse collaborative has proven to be a valuable initiative and model forum for trauma nurses to envision and respond to the ever-changing needs of the pediatric trauma population.


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