ED_trauma_RN_AlEarlier this month the UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) awarded one of their $50,000 seed grants to support a project entitled “Optimizing Tarheel Trauma Care: The Golden Hour and Beyond”. Dr. Daryhl Johnson, UNC Trauma Medical Director, is leading the interdisciplinary project team.

The aim of the project is to improve patient outcome, staff satisfaction and the patient experience by improving the efficiency, consistency and reliability of trauma resuscitations. We will achieve this through three key changes:

1) Standardize and sustain the trauma process
2) Strengthen the already existing Trauma Performance Improvement Process
3) Build programmatic capacity for continued quality improvement work.

Simulation techniques will be utilized at various stages throughout this project to achieve success.

PROJECT LEADERSHIP: Liz Dreesen MD FACS (Project Sponsor): Chief, Acute Care Surgery; Daryhl Johnson MD FACS (Project Leader): UNC Trauma Medical Director; Alberto Bonifacio RN BSN MHA CEN (Project Manager): UNC Trauma Program Manager.

ADVISORY PANEL: Kelly Revels RN MSN CEN (Trauma Survivor); Jane Brice MD MPH: Director, Emergency Medicine; Nikki Waller MD: Director, Emergency Medicine Residency Program; Christian Lawson RN BSN: Director, Emergency Services.

FUNCTIONAL TEAMS: Gene Hobbs (Simulation Support): Director Simulation; Katelyn Hausfeld RN, BSN (Consultant): PICU CNIII, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Trauma Nurse; and UNC Trauma Program (permanent staff): Team includes administrative support (Paula Bruno), Adult Trauma Coordinator (Cheryl Workman), Pediatric Trauma Coordinator (Sabrina Thompson-Fisher), Nurse Educator (Heather Tuttle) and Trauma Registrars.

To view the press release from IHQI, please click here.

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