Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Submitted by Angela Clarkson, trauma nurse coordinator (COURTESY NOVANT HEALTH)

Trauma care is a “team sport” and the identification, coordination, and management of the complex needs of a traumatically injured individual requires advanced training and dedication by all participants.

The Trauma Star recognizes exceptional care and teamwork provided to trauma patients arriving at or transferred to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. Utilizing the Trauma Star recognition, the Trauma Services department strives to promote and celebrate team members’ dedication to excellence in trauma care and to provide feedback on patient outcomes to the multidisciplinary teams involved in the care delivery process.

During an unusually busy morning shift, a patient arrived unannounced to the Emergency Department at NHHMC with multiple gunshot wounds. Team members Kayci Mayhew, RN, Andrew Sheybani-Agdam, RN, and Dr. Todd Listwa (Mid-Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates) sprang into action to assess, stabilize, and arrange rapid transfer of this critically ill patient to the Level 3 Trauma Center at NHPMC. Working as a team and following the evidence-based guidelines from the Advanced Trauma Life Support and Trauma Nursing Curriculum courses, the patient was evaluated and stabilized with a door to transfer time of 38 minutes! Because of the outstanding team collaboration between NHHMC ED and the trauma team at NHPMC, the patient received immediate surgery for their injuries upon arrival to NHPMC, and after a short recovery period was successfully discharged home.