The Trauma Service office is staffed with a Program Manager, Mid Level Practitioners, and Trauma Abstractors who are responsible for a wide variety of duties. Staff members can be reached at 409-747-0152 Monday-Friday between 7am-4pm.
The Trauma Program Manager (TPM) is a registered nurse who works closely with the Trauma Medical Director to develop, implement and evaluate the trauma program. She is responsible for the organization of services and systems necessary for a multidisciplinary approach in providing care to the trauma patient. Day to day responsibility for process and performance improvement related to nursing is a vital aspect of her daily responsibilities. The TPM is also responsible for overseeing all employees in the department along with administrative and budgetary needs. There are multiple organizations available to provide helpful information to the TPM and are listed as follows: The Society of Trauma Nurses at http://www.traumanurses.org, the Texas Trauma Coordinators Forum at http://www.ttcf.org and the Emergency Nurses Association at http://www.ena.org.
Our Mid Level Practitioners are available to augment the trauma medical team through evaluation and treatment of the trauma patient throughout their stay. The PA/NP is available to answer patient/family questions throughout the day related to medications and diagnoses. They are available to assist patients’ and their families through the maze of hospital and outpatient services. Their goal is to assure the patient has everything in place in a timely manner to avoid excessive hospital days. They work closely with the physicians, Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists to assure their recommendations are followed for each patient. Each patient’s follow-up appointments are made prior to discharge and provided to the patient and/or family member. The case manager also plays a vital role in the referral process for in-patient rehabilitation and will work closely with insurance companies to acquire a list of appropriate rehabilitation facilities.
The Trauma Abstractors perform a vital role in entering trauma data into our database which is analyzed on a local, state and national level to develop strategies to decrease injuries related to trauma. The National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB) is the largest aggregation of trauma registry data assembled, containing records from trauma centers throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information on the NTDB, access their website at http://www.ntdb.org. The website for the State of Texas Trauma Registry is as follows: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/injury. The Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) is a professional multidisciplinary organization dedicated entirely to motor vehicle crash injury prevention and control. You can obtain additional information on their website at http://www.carcrash.org.