17th Annual Conference

17th Annual Conference
Bring it to the Bayou
April 2 - 5, 2014   |   Sheraton New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - Pre-Conference Sessions

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM / 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Special Interest Group (SIGs) and Committee Meetings

Special Interest Groups: The Society’s SIGs have evolved to meet the needs of a membership with specialized interests and needs, through targeted information and education. All STN members are welcome and encouraged to join with those who have similar interests, and attend any of the SIG meetings, even if this is your first time.

Committee Meetings: The STN Committees are dedicated to managing and advancing specific activities relevant to the needs of the membership. The committees and their members are focused on the development and implementation of a variety of initiatives that benefit all STN members: All committee members are encouraged to attend and participate in strategic planning for the upcoming year.

Each SIG and Committee meets individually to provide an opportunity for the chairs to update members on activities and discuss strategies for developing projects, programs, and/or services that meet the needs of the specific group or committee.

The following SIGS and Committees will meet on Wednesday A.M. There will be two Sessions – Session I: 9:00 -10:15 AM and Session II: 10:30-11:45 AM. Please reference the final program online or the program syllabus for meeting room assignments.

SIGS Committees
Advanced Practice SIG/Neuro SIG ATCN Committee
Injury Prevention SIG Journal of Trauma Nursing - Committee
Pediatric SIG Membership Committee
Rural SIG Pediatric Committee
TOPIC Committee

12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Peds Primer: Performance, Profit, and Preparedness – No Small Issues

Deb Brown, BSN, MHA, RN
Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas - Austin, TX

David Tuggle, MD, FAAP
Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas - Austin, TX

Marla L. Vanore, MHA, RN
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

There are persistent questions for those centers providing pediatric trauma care across the nation: Is pediatric trauma care cost-effective? How are pediatric trauma outcomes best measured, and what are the best performance improvement metrics to use in your P.I. plan? What should you know when preparing your team for the trauma center site survey? These are the key questions addressed by three pediatric trauma experts during this 4-hr pre-conference.

12:30 – 1:30 PM
Pediatric Trauma Care: Is It Profitable?

1:30 – 2:30 PM
The P.I. Journey

2:30 – 3:30 PM
The Surveyors’ Guide to Trauma Center Preparedness

3:30 – 4:30 PM
Challenges for Pediatric Trauma Centers: Panel Q&A

Moderators: Lisa Gray, BSN, RN, CPN and Diana J. Kraus, BSN, RN, TNS

12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
EAST Collaborative Workshop for Advanced Practitioners in Trauma

Benjamin Reynolds, PA-C
UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA

William Bowling, MD
Hurley Medical Center Flint, MI

Babak Sarani, MD
George Washington University Hospital Washington, DC

Corinna Sicoutris, CRNP, FCCM
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA

Martin Zielinski, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Michael Pisa, CRNP
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA

The workshop provides an overview of radiology for both novice and experienced AP, including general principles of radiology interpretation, utility and appropriateness of imaging studies, as well as more sophisticated interpretation of trauma plain film, CT scan imaging, and ultrasonography across the spectrum of care (Trauma Bay, ICU, and surgical ward) for critically ill and injured patients. Content will be presented in an interactive case based format, and utilize audience participation methodology.


  • Introduction
  • Fundamentals of Radiology
  • What Test Should I Order?
  • The Use of Ultrasound in Trauma
  • The Zebras
  • “You’re the Radiologist” Audience Interpretation of Trauma Imaging
  • Audience Q/A with Faculty


Moderators: Lisa Gray, RN, BSN

12:30 – 4:30 PM
Rural Trauma Pre-Conference

Steven E. Briggs, MD, FACS
Sanford Medical Center–Fargo, Fargo, ND

Carol Immerman, BSN, RN
St. Mary’s Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Deb Syverson, BSN, RN
Sanford Medical Center–Fargo, Fargo, ND

Rural regions of the U.S. represent only 25% of the country’s population but have 60% of the trauma deaths. If your trauma center represents rural regions and you are looking to support our rural partners, this is an essential course for you. This pre-conference features three speakers with significant experience in providing rural trauma care in challenging environments. They designed this course to help other rural facilities achieve optimal outcomes through oversight and performance improvement.


  • Challenges for Rural Trauma Hospitals
  • Development/ Maintenance of Rural Trauma Programs & Systems
  • P.I. for Rural Trauma
  • Getting Started
  • Regional/ State P.I.
  • Resources for Rural Hospitals

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Zydeco Welcome Reception
Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll) Stop here to share some “joie de vivre”* (zhwa-d-veev) before you stroll down Bourbon Street!
  • Hearty appetizers
  • Cash Bar
  • Visit the Exhibits
  • Pick up “pins” to stick in your Trauma Voodoo Doll and a chance to win great prizes

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Full Conference

6:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Conference & Exhibitor Registration Open

6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Opening Session & Welcome

Presidents' Address and Annual Meeting
Karen Doyle, MBA, MS, RN, NEA-BC
STN 2013 - 2014 President

Kathi Ayers, MSN, NP
STN 2014-2015 President, Trauma Program Manager, Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, CA

Why, When, and How? Embracing the Questions That Challenge Us: Your challenge starts here, with the Annual Meeting and President’s Address. Our incoming STN President, Kathi Ayers, will give an update of STN activities, introduce the Board of Directors, present the annual STN Awards, and discuss what it means to be an active member. She will also discuss the importance of inspiring members of the team to act in a way that creates great outcomes.

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM
The Society of Trauma Nurses is pleased to announce Patricia A. Manion MS, RN as the 2014 recipient of the STN Distinguished Lectureship Award. Pat is an experienced educator, critical care nurse, and trauma nurse. Her clinical and educator experience included many years of critical care in surgical, medical and cardiac critical care units. As a Trauma Program Manager, she held positions in two American College of Surgeons verified Level II Trauma Centers. Most recently she has been employed as a project manager and an independent educator and consultant. A long time member of the ENA, she has been a TNCC Instructor and State Faculty and contributed to the 6th edition of the TNCC manual. She also held the offices of Michigan ENA Trauma Chairperson, State President and State Secretary and was awarded the Emergency Nurse Excellence Award in 2004. A member of the Society of Trauma Nurses for past 17 years, she has served on the Board of Directors as Annual Conference Chairperson for 5 years, Secretary for 2 years, and Membership Chairperson for 2 years. Her contributions to STN include editing the latest version of the e Library and currently, serving as Lead Nurse Planner for continuing nursing education programs for STN.

She is an experienced mentor for new trauma program managers and trauma medical directors, particularly in the process and performance improvement arena and has served as a trauma designation site visitor for a number of states.

Ms. Manion has taught hundreds of new trauma nurses throughout the state of Michigan and has presented trauma lectures throughout the state of Michigan, at national ENA Scientific Assembly and at STN Annual Conference.

Moderator: Melissa Harte, MS, RN – 2012 President, STN

10:00 – 11:00 AM
Concurrent Sessions

Dealing with Blast Injuries in Children: Our Experience from the Boston Bombing
Maria McMahon, PNP-AC/PC
This session explores the unique characteristics that place children at greater risk during a blast event, reviews pediatric acute care management, and discusses lessons learned from the Boston bombings.

Moderator: Lisa Gray, BSN, RN

From Idea to Paper: Sharing Your EBP or Research
Kathryn Schroeter, PhD, RN, CNOR, CEN
JTN Editor
Need help bringing your project from the initial ‘idea’ stage to a fully-formed research or EBP paper? This session, presented by the Editor of JTN, offers practical advice about developing ideas into projects and ultimately evaluating your study results and writing the paper.

Moderator: Cristiane Domingues, PhD, MsC, RN

Using Evidence to Improve Outcomes in Elderly Trauma Patients
Elizabeth Katrancha, MSN, RN, CNE

Why are elderly trauma patients unique in their response to trauma? This session reviews biological and physiological changes in elderly trauma patients. The lecture uses evidence to discuss how to overcome the challenges and experience the triumphs and outcomes of developing a multi-disciplinary, dedicated process for caring for trauma patients over age 65.

Moderator: Lou Ann Miller, BSN, RN, CEN

Unavoidable Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers Among Critically Ill Patients – A Review of the Evidence
Myra Varnado, BS, RN, CWOCN

Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU) are an area of significant concern to trauma centers and are considered CMS ‘Never Events’. Skin and wound experts know that some HAPU’s are unavoidable and this session outlines the evidence regarding conditions that can lead to HAPU’s, best practice prevention methods, and strategies that are legally defensible in unavoidable HAPU’s.
Moderator: Bridget Gardner, RN

Trauma Care in the Military
COL Cristobal Mandry, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Civilian trauma care has derived many lessons from military casualty management over the past decades. Our management of massive hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, amputations, and blast wounds are among the many areas where military medicine has led the way. COL Cristobal Mandry will explore current trends in military trauma care in this session, including Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and its applications to civilian pre-hospital care.

Moderator: Jeri Hinds, RN

Trauma Center Performance Improvement 101
Judy Mikhail, MSN, MBA, RN

Trauma P.I. programs often underestimate time and resources required to develop a functional trauma registry. Data collection often starts without a clear plan or procedures ensuring data quality, and trauma registry staff are too few and often inadequately trained. This session covers the who, what, why, when, and how of an effective, efficient and accurate P.I. and trauma registry data plan.

Moderator: Patricia Carlock, BSN, RN

11:10 AM– 12:10 PM
Concurrent Sessions

Trauma Across the Continuum – Addressing Rural Trauma Care Issues
Carol Immermann, BSN, RN

This session explores the challenges facing rural hospitals as they attempt to standardize trauma practices and care, and how their trauma center partners can support them. Results of the STN Rural Trauma Center Survey will also be discussed.

Moderator: Shawn Moreau, BSN, RN

ORAL ABSTRACT WINNERS – Evidence Based Practice
Authors, TBA
The top four submissions in the Evidence-Based Practice category are presented at this session. This is an opportunity to review EBP projects from a variety of trauma centers.

Moderator: Marie Dieter, MSN, MBA, RN, CEN

Trauma in Pregnancy
Cheryl Wraa, MSN, RN

Trauma is involved in 5 - 20% of all pregnancies. The pregnant trauma patient has physiologic changes from the pregnancy that affect how the body responds to trauma. By understanding when and why these changes occur, the nurse will be aware of the unique differences in the assessment and plan of care for the injured pregnant patient.

Moderator: Cindy Blank-Reid, MSN, RN

Sympathetic Storming Following TBI

Paroxysmal Sympathetic Hyperactivity (PSH) is a phenomenon seen after a variety of neurological insults, in particular, severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). This session reviews the effects of sympathetic storming as well as symptoms and triggers to look for while caring for these patients. Early recognition and treatment is critical to mitigate long-term consequences and facilitate rehabilitation.

Moderator: Lynn Eastes, MS, ACNP-BC, RN

Teaching Evidence-Based Youth Violence Prevention Initiatives to Members of High Risk Communities
Daria Ruffolo, DNP, RN, CCRN, TNS

The session focuses on the overwhelming epidemiologic data regarding youth violence today and how to provide violence prevention tools necessary for effective community change. It includes a review of current evidence-based methods for youth violence prevention across an array of youth populations.

Moderator: Melissa Harte, MS, RN

Practical Application of Radiological Images in Trauma Critical Care: Case Presentations
Martin Zielinski, MD, FACS
Corinna Sicoutris, CRNP, FCCM

Where do you see that? When and why do you order that test? This presentation provides an overview of radiology for both novice and experienced advanced practitioners. It includes general principles of interpretation, review of utility and appropriateness of studies, and interpretation of trauma plain films, CT, and ultrasonography for critically ill and injured patients. The session is case-based with audience participation.
Moderator: Amy Koestner, MSN, RN

12:00 PM– 1:15 PM
Lunch Served in the Exhibit Hall
Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall

Posters available for review / Start your “Trauma Voodoo” game & chance to win prizes / Exhibit Hall open till 6:30 PM

1:30 PM– 2:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions

Patient Safety and the Pediatric Trauma Patient
Marcella Bono JD, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, TNS

Pediatric patients are a vulnerable population with potential for adverse events in the complicated trauma care environment. Patient identification, communication, medication safety, infection prevention, risk identification, and surgical safety issues will be discussed.
Moderator: Mary Jo Pedicino, MSN, RN

Oral Abstract Winners - Research
Authors, TBA
The top four submissions in the Research category are presented at this session. This is an opportunity to review trauma research projects from a variety of trauma centers.
Moderator: Marie Dieter, MSN, MBA, RN, CEN

Trauma Jeopardy
Lynn Gerber-Smith, MS, RN

Nurses are looking for innovative ways to learn and educate. This fun and educational session uses participant interaction in the form of everyone’s favorite TV game show, Jeopardy. Session leaders will quiz participants on various trauma topics. What you know and where you get the evidence for your practice will be emphasized.
Moderator: Gina Solomon, RN,

Managing Moderate TBI Across the Age Spectrum

Mild and severe TBI are widely studied, but little attention is paid to moderate TBI. This session discusses cognitive dysfunction, fatigue, and neurobehavioral difficulties that can continue long after the initial injury. Prompt treatment of TBI-related sequelae can facilitate community re-entry and reduce long-term disability.
Moderator: Michael Glenn, RN

Weather the Trauma Storm: Case Reviews of Seasonal Trauma Injuries
Diana Clapp, BSN, RN, CCRN, CEN, NREMT-P

Through case studies, this session explores the seasonal effects and trauma mechanisms that affect survivability. From the common outdoor injuries seen during summer weather to seasonal complications like hypothermia, strategies for successful management are discussed.
Moderator: Danielle Martrain, RN

Rib Fracture Stabilization: History to Current Trends
Brian Kim, MD

Rib fracture management has evolved considerably in the past century, and efforts to reduce pain and lost productivity have resulted in multiple attempts to refine rib fracture stabilization techniques. The purpose of this session is to discuss this evolution and describe the current state of rib fracture stabilization.
Moderator: Joan Pirrung, MSN, ACNS-BC, RN

2:40 PM– 3:40 PM
Concurrent Sessions

Mild TBI in Children: Symptom Assessment and Brain Rest Guidelines
Becky Cook, DNP, RN, ARNP-PC

Mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) accounts for 70% of all TBI patients yet nurses lack knowledge and confidence in caring for these patients. This session provides a comprehensive review of mild TBI or “concussion” in children with emphasis on early identification, symptom assessment, and treatment recommendations to optimize recovery.
Moderator: Karen Macauley, DHA, MEd, BSN CEN

Ethical Considerations in Research
Kathryn Schroeter, PhD, RN, CNOR, CEN JTN Editor
This session reviews a history of unethical research practices from the past from which many lessons have been learned. This history led to the highly regulated current environment, where both internal institutional review boards (IRBs) and external agencies like the NIH provide oversight.
Moderator: Julie Nash, MSN, RN

Blunt Aortic Injury – What Every Trauma Nurse Needs to Know!
Jennifer Mooney, MD

Management principles for aortic injury can sometimes seem very different from managing other injuries. This session will teach us when to suspect an aortic injury based on initial chest x-ray, how to diagnose it, and how to prevent aortic rupture while in the ED and ICU. The trauma nurse’s involvement and knowledge are critical to preventing aortic rupture, the second most lethal traumatic injury.
Moderator: Donna Lemoine, BSN, RN

Explosive Situations: Blast Dynamics and Injury Patterns
Diana Clapp, BSN, RN, CCRN, CEN, NREMT-P

Blast injuries are among the most challenging for health care providers. This session details the mechanism and injury patterns common to this type of event. The phases of an explosive incident, triage methods, treatment for related injuries, and common pitfalls will be discussed.
Moderator: Debbie Blakelee, BSN, RN

Partnerships in Prevention
Bridget Gardner, RN
Major Carl Saizan, Louisiana State Police

Trauma Centers and other agencies have unique opportunities to partner in developing multidisciplinary injury prevention activities that can reach a wide audience. This session describes the development of the Sudden Impact Program, a teen program designed to decrease the injuries and fatalities related to motor vehicle crashes.
Moderator: Patricia Clesi, BSN, RN

Case Studies from a Rural Trauma System
Steven E. Briggs, MD, FACS

Trauma care in the rural setting is unique and many times more challenging due to a variety of factors. Using case presentations, patient care and system issues will be discussed. This session will offer lessons learned and identify potential challenges that providers from all levels of trauma centers may face when either caring for, or receiving patients from, a rural trauma setting.
Moderator: Diane Fulton, MSN, RN-CNO

3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Poster Viewing, Networking, & Prize Drawing

Optional CE for Poster Review. Exhibit Prize Drawing at 5:45 PM

Friday, April 4, 2014

6:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Conference Registration Open

6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Daybreak PLENARY SESSION II - Challenges in Developing a Mature P.I. Program
Moderator – Amber Kyle, MSN, RN

Kimberly Davis, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCM
2014 President, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST); Chief of the Section of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care & Surgical Emergencies, Yale School of Medicine – Dept of Surgery, New Haven, CT

Dr. Kimberly Davis is the current EAST president and a site reviewer for the American College of Surgeons Verification Review Committee. In this one-hour session, she examines the challenges facing trauma centers as their P.I programs mature. Dr. Davis will discuss how to streamline the identification of PI problems, how to facilitate loop closure, and what to expect from the new ACS verification process.

This session is open to all who have registered for the full conference.

8:10 AM – 9:35 AM
PLENARY SESSION III - Trauma Resuscitation: Pitfalls in the Golden Hour
Trauma resuscitation represents a keystone of trauma care. The how and why of what we do and when we do it are ongoing areas of discussion, education, and research. In this session, three physician experts address controversial resuscitation issues, including damage control resuscitation, pitfalls in pediatric resuscitation, and new directions in the field of trauma resuscitation.

Moderator: Katie Sheets, BSN, RN

8:10–8:35 AM Damage Control Resuscitation
Juan Duchesne, MD
Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

8:35–9:00 AM Pitfalls in Pediatric Resuscitation
Jeffrey M. Elder, MD
Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

9:00–9:25 AM What’s New in Resuscitation
Kimberly Davis, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCM
2014 President, EAST, Yale School of Medicine – Dept of Surgery, New Haven, CT

9:25–9:35 AM Panel Q & A

9:35 AM – 10:15 AM
BREAK - EXHIBITS OPEN - Posters Available for Review

10:15 AM – 11:40 AM
PLENARY SESSION IV: Those Nagging Trauma Issues – Sometimes It’s All About Blood
There’s nothing more ‘nagging’ in the trauma world than the ever-present challenge of coagulopathy coupled with hemorrhage. In this session, three trauma experts present topics related to this worrisome issue. Elizabeth Katrancha reviews current evidence-based management of acute traumatic coagulopathy, including the use of thromboelastography, and Karen Brenner explores the factors that potentially delay the timely administration of FFP in trauma patients. Lastly, Tracy McDonald describes specific outcome measures for hemorrhage management when using the PI process, along with current indications for tranexamic acid, prothrombin complex concentrate, and factor VIIa.

Moderator: Madonna Walters, MS, RN

10:15–10:40 AM Evidence Based Management of Acute Traumatic Coagulopathy
Elizabeth Katrancha, MSN, RN, CNE
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Johnstown, PA

10:40- 11:05 AM The Clock is Ticking: Timely Administration of FFP in Trauma Patients
Karen Brenner, BSN, RN
Promedica Toledo Hospital, Toledo Children’s Hospital - Toledo, OH

11:05–11:30 AM Utilizing the PIPS Process in Anticoagulation Reversal and Hemorrhage Management
Tracy McDonald, MSN, RN
The University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, KS

11:30–11:40 AM Panel Q & A

11:50 AM – 1:30 PM
LUNCHEON FEATURING BRIAN BOYLE: Why We Are Here – Through the Eyes of the Patient: The Brian Boyle Story
“Every day was not guaranteed, every day was a blessing, it was a gift. To go from that experience, where I saw first-hand the power that medicine has, that healthcare providers have for their patients, the compassion, the support the drive; just having that team effort all the way through kept me going,” says Brian Boyle, a.k.a “Iron Heart,” athlete and American Red Cross National Volunteer on his website.

Why do we do what we do? The above statement is the answer. Join us in listening to the experience of a patient who has been there, done that, and survived! Brian Boyle was severely injured in a motor-vehicle crash at the age of 18 and tells his story of survival, recovery, and triumph as he crossed the finish line at the Hawaii Ironman just 3 years after the crash. He is an advocate for the American Red Cross and donated his first unit of blood at the hospital that brought him back to life. His story has been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, NBC’s Today Show, ESPN, and several other programs throughout the country. He graduated Cum Laude from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and was named Spokesperson of the Year in 2009 and 2010.

Moderator: Karen Doyle, MBA, MS, RN, NEA-BC, STN President 2013

8:45 –9:35 AM Brian Boyle

9:35 –9:35 AM Q & A

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
PLENARY SESSION IV: Unique Trauma Populations
Obstetric, bariatric, and geriatric trauma patients all present with important differences in mechanism of injury, airway management, injury patterns, and complications. This session highlights why these unique populations require clinicians to have detailed knowledge of their special needs. The case studies shared here demonstrate how to provide the focused management necessary for optimal patient outcomes.

Moderator: Roy Ball, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, CCNS

1:30 – 1:55 PM Outside the Norms: When Trauma Strikes Special and Unique Needs Patients
Lynn Gerber Smith, MS, RN
R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, MD

1:55 – 2:20 PM Care of the Bariatric Trauma Patient
Cheryl Wraa, MSN, RN
Trauma Care After Resuscitation (TCAR) Programs Laurelwood Group, Scappoose, OR

2:20–2:30 AM Panel Q & A

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
PLENARY SESSION VI: Rapid Fire Countdown
Our last session features three “rapid fire” speakers who focus on the challenge of dealing with active shooter/mass casualty events. Dr. Norman McSwain begins with a discussion of the Hartford Consensus, a document that summarizes strategies to improve survival for victims in these shooting events. Mike Cahn, former SWAT officer in New Orleans, shares insight from the tactical law enforcement perspective. Finally, Dan C. Godbee, M.D. offers the military point-of-view in dealing with these terrifying events.

Moderator: Kathi Ayers, MSN, NP – 2014 STN President

2:30 – 2:45 PM The Hartford Consensus: Improving Survival from Active Shooter Events
Norman McSwain, MD, FACS
Trauma Director, Spirit of Charity Level 1 Trauma Center, Interim LSU Hospital, Tulane University School of Medicine – New Orleans, LA

2:45 – 3:00 PM S.W.A.T. – Tactical Trauma on Scene
Mike E. Cahn, III
Former Asst. Commander, New Orleans Police Dept SWAT Team

3:00 – 3:15 PM Military Focus on Dealing with Potential Mass Casualty Events
Dan C. Godbee, M.D.
Battalion Surgeon – 3rd Battalion, 20th SFG(A)

3:15–3:30 PM Panel Q & A

3:30 PM – 3:40 PM
CLOSING REMARKS from the President
Kathi Ayers, MSN, NP
Complete your evaluations, and then you can take your tour of the bayou!

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Post Conference Courses

7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Trauma Outcomes and Performance Improvement Course (TOPIC)

Carol Immerman, BSN, RN
Jorie Klein, RN
Amber Kyle, MSN, RN
Joan Pirrung, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC

TOPIC is a one-day course that was developed by a seasoned group of trauma leaders, to assist participants with the Performance Improvement (PI) process in trauma care.

TOPIC focuses on skill development for trauma program staff who are involved in the ongoing evaluation of trauma care across the continuum. It offers concrete strategies for the monitoring of trauma care, loop closure, and patient outcomes. The course provides practical lessons for all levels of trauma centers, from entry level to those who have achieved a mature phase of program development.

It consists of 8 modules in PI and outcomes assessment, and includes over 50 case study examples, sample documents, and templates.

8:00 AM – 3:25 PM
Optimal Trauma Center Organization & Management Course

Frank “Tres” Mitchell, III, MD, FACS
Trauma Director, Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale, AZ
Judy Mikhail, MSN, MBA, RN
Program Manager, Michigan TQIP, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Amy Koestner, MS, RN
Trauma Program Manager, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI
Molly Lozada
Administrator, Trauma Verification Program, American College of Surgeons

  • The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) and the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) have partnered to develop the Optimal Trauma Center Organization & Management Course.
  • Both physicians and nurses teach this collaborative course. Its goal is to enhance trauma center performance and to improve patient care through implementation of the ACS COT Trauma Center Standards.
  • Whether yours is a mature verified center or a hospital preparing for designation, this course is designed to help participants develop strategies, processes, and operations to support trauma systems, based on their unique environments. It is designed to help you take your trauma center to the next level, beyond verification or designation.
  • The nuances of implementing or improving upon trauma center criteria within the structure of your specific facility will be reviewed in an interactive forum.
  • The course will assist Trauma Medical Directors, Trauma Program Managers/Coordinators, Administrators, Trauma Registrars, State/Region personnel and other disciplines involved in trauma.

The TOPIC Course and the Optimal Trauma Center Organization & Management Course have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and Society of Trauma Nurses. The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates these live activities for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for TOPIC and 6.3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for the Optimal Course. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

An application has been submitted to the Georgia Nurses Association Continuing Education Review Committee for approval of 8.0 contact hours for the TOPIC course and 6.3 contact hours for the Optimal Course.

Please call Kim Goff, STN, at 859-977-7456 for more information.