Trauma Nurse Course February 2023
This course is designed to prepare new nurses at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to care for pediatric trauma patients. The course will provide a higher level of understanding of the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation guidelines, CHP trauma guidelines, and the nursing care associated with pediatric trauma patients.
After competing this activity, the learner will be able to:
- Discuss the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF) and its standards, accreditation process, and general epidemiology of pediatric trauma.
- Explain the role of EMS and describe methods to prevent traumatic injuries in pediatrics
- Differentiate the mechanism of injuries commonly seen in the pediatric population plus the sequence of the primary and secondary survey
- Demonstrate the roles and responsibilities of the trauma team members in an actual trauma
- Describe the perioperative phase as it relates to operative management of patients with traumatic injury.
- Explain the role of the Child Life Specialist and the pediatric trauma patient
- Explain that pastoral care is a person-centered, holistic approach to care that complements medical care, social work, psychiatry, while focusing on spiritual care.
- Explain the role of the social worker regarding patient/family support and resources
- Identify potential complications of orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries.
- Identify potential interventions used for a patient with thoracic trauma.
- Differentiate blunt VS penetrating abdominal trauma
- Identify signs and symptoms of decompensation for patients with traumatic brain injuries.
- Discuss the interdisciplinary rehabilitation process including discharge planning.
- Discuss craniofacial injury mechanisms, treatments, and plans of care.
- Discuss the role of the ethics committee
- Describe potential complications of long-term pain management
- Explain the role of CAC and describe the evaluation, diagnosis, and follow-up of child abuse and maltreatment concerns
- Define brain death criteria for CORE referrals.
Conflict of Interest Disclosure:
No planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 12.25 contact hours.
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.
- 12.25 ANCCUPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
- 12.25 Attendance