TRAUMA CALL AUDIT
Thanks to Steve Lee. Review his talk here.
Audit showed that there is a delay to review by the Surgical Registrar – in 68% of cases > 10 minutes, in 32% >30 minutes. ED team should maintain their role as team leader and coordinate the Trauma assessment – retain your skills and be confident in your role.
Please remember the trauma call criteria – and SPEED is no longer one of them! If you think the presentation warrants a Trauma Call, please initiate it.
In the future we would be keen to audit the outcomes of Trauma Calls – a project in cooperation with the Surgical Units so watch this space!
See below for the trauma call criteria:
Thankyou Michael Gibbons for reminding us of this rare entity.
Important messages included:
- look for the R-on-T in ectopics
- consider cardioversion for arrhythmias
- treat pyrexia aggressively as this may precipitate an arrhythmia
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Contact registrar on x56309 (BH) and via switchboard (AH)
- referral to registrar
- complete drug chart and prescription
- discharge patient if safe – leave IV in-situ
- if not reviewed in ED – patient should return to 2South (Footscray) following morning for clinic review
- If admitting to HITH for DVT/PE – fax “HAEMATOLOGY CLINIC” referral
Things to tell patient:
- May need long-term antibioitics
- HITH team may insert long-term IV cannula in clinic
- Anticoagulation – discuss medication (Clexane/warfarin), risks, duration (1st below knee DVT – 3 months, PE or above knee DVT – 6 months, recurrent – life-long)