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Foundations for Trauma Center Operations

1. To be aware that suddenly and unexpectedly we may find ourselves in a role where our performance has ultimate consequences.

2. To instill within ourselves these qualities essential to professional excellence.

Discipline: There being no substitute for total preparation and complete dedication, for there is no margin to be careless or indifferent.

Confidence: Believing in ourselves as well as others, knowing that we must master fear and hesitation before we can succeed.

Responsibility: Realizing that it cannot be shifted to others, for it belongs to each of us: we must answer for what we do, or fail to do.

Toughness: Taking a stand when we must; to try again, and again, if it means following a more difficult path.

Teamwork: Respecting and utilizing the abilities of others, realizing that we work toward a common goal, for success depends upon the efforts of all.

3. To recognize that the greatest error is not to have tried and failed, but that in the trying we do not give it our best effort.

Adapted from the Foundation of Mission Operations NASA