TOPIC



The STN TOPIC course is taught to all members of the trauma system team who participate in the ongoing assessment, evaluation and improvement of trauma care. The Society of Trauma Nurses has developed the "Trauma Outcomes and Performance Improvement Course" in response to the need for education and better understanding of the Performance Improvement process in trauma care. TOPIC focuses on the ongoing assessment of the continuum of trauma care with a structured review of process and discussions of strategies to monitor trauma patient outcomes.

The TOPIC course is taught in a one day interactive Modular Format, customized to best meet the needs of the individual trauma care provider participants who have varying levels of experience with trauma performance improvement. The course offers practical application for all Levels of trauma centers, from entry level to mature phase of program development. The Modules are taught with a focus on didactic, operational definitions, sample tools, case study examples and take home points.

TOPIC is offered by the Society of Trauma Nurses several times a year in various rotating locations. If you, your institution or professional organization are interested in having the STN provide this course, in conjunction with your next conference or symposium or as a stand alone course, please contact STN Headquarters.

The Society of Trauma Nurses is an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity has been awarded 8.25 hours.

Upcoming Courses

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August 4, 2016
Arlington, TX

August 24, 2016
Austin, TX

September 1, 2016
Arlington, TX

September 25, 2016
Seattle, WA

October 3, 2016
San Diego, CA

October 14, 2016
Kingsport, TN

Review the online event calendar for a list of TOPIC courses by date, or select a TOPIC course by state.

Program Information

Instructor Guidelines, Trainings, & Applications

Course Modules

TOPIC Introduction
  • MODULE 1: Performance Improvement Patient Safety Model and Conceptual Plan
  • MODULE 2: Trauma Committee Structure
  • MODULE 3: Audit Filters, Core Measures, and Variances in Care
  • MODULE 4: Event Identification and Levels of Review
  • MODULE 5: Data Management: Supporting the Trauma PIPS Process
  • MODULE 6: Trauma PIPS Reports
  • MODULE 7: Peer Review Determination and Confidentiality
  • MODULE 7: Peer Review Determination and Confidentiality
  • MODULE 8: Action Plan Development and Implementation
  • MODULE 9: Event Resolution/Institutional Links/Outcome Improvements Vignettes

TOPIC Committee Chair - Carol Immermann, BSN, CEN