Wednesday, March 27   |   Thursday, March 28   |   Saturday, March 30


7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Oral Abstract Breakfast
Room A: Evidence-Based Practice
Room B: Research

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Plenary Session: Getting Involved with EAST Practice Management Guidelines- How Can STN Members Contribute?

John Como, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM
Vicki Bennett, MSN, RN,CEN, CCRN

This session will a one hour panel discussion explaining a pragmatic approach to institutional implementation of EAST PMGs. The discussion will focus on explanation on the USE of GRADE methodology in the context of EAST PMGs, how to convert an EAST PMG with GRADE into real world at the bedside protocol, experiences from a STN member who is leading a PMG work group and will conclude wit a Q&A session from the attendees.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Provide a breakdown and explanation of what GRADE methodology is and why is it used in PMG development.
  2. Provide a roadmap of how a PMG goes from paper to the bedside.
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Plenary Session - Distinguished Lectureship: Addressing Complex Problems: Lessons Learned From the Trauma Community

Presenter: Ronald M. Stewart, MD, Professor and Chair of Surgery, Dr. Witten B. Russ Chair in Surgery, UT Health San Antonio, San Antonio, TX; Medical Director, Trauma Programs, American College of Surgeons
Moderator: Cindy Blank-Reid, MSN, RN, CEN

Ronald M. Stewart, MD currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Surgery, holding the Dr. Witten B. Russ Endowed Chair in Surgery at UT Health San Antonio. Over the past three decades, he has actively led the development of an integrated civilian-military trauma system that serves all of South Texas, covering more than 26,000 square miles.

In 2001 Dr. Stewart was appointed by then Governor George W. Bush to the Texas Governors EMS and Trauma Advisory Council where he served for 15 years as the Chair of the Trauma Systems Committee. He was a founding member and the first Chair of the National Trauma Institute. For the past 20 years he has served on the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT), serving at the as the national Chair of the ACS Committee on Trauma from March, 2014 to March, 2018. He is currently the ACS’s Medical Director of Trauma Programs.

In 2013 Dr. Stewart was the recipient of the National Safety Council’s Surgeons Award for Service to Safety, and the American College of Surgeon's Arthur Ellenberger Award for Excellence in State Advocacy. He is the immediate past President of the Southwestern Surgical Congress and the President of the Texas Surgical Society.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Plenary Session #1: Nurse-Physician Communication – A Predictor of Survival

Andrew Bernard, MD, FACS
Moderator: Sarah Mattocks, MSN, FNP-C, TCRN, NE-BC, STN President

Nurse-physician communication is variable in quality and frequency, resulting in variable patient risk and provider experience. This session will include an overview of nurse-physician communication, how communication can affect patient outcomes, and provider experiences including longevity and burnout. Additionally, strategies for nurse leaders to develop a culture of communication and skills for front line nurses to improve communications will be discussed.

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Plenary Session: TBD

Presenter: Todd Maxson, MD
Dr. Todd Maxson is the Surgeon in Chief of Trauma and Burn and a Professor of Pediatric Surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Maxson completed medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He completed his general surgical residency at the University of Arkansas and pediatric surgical training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He was on faculty in Houston before moving to the University of Texas –Southwestern in Dallas to begin the trauma program at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, the first level I pediatric trauma program in the southwest United States to be verified by the American College of Surgeons. He then moved to Austin, Texas to build the trauma service at the new Dell Children’s Medical Center, taking this facility to Level I status as well. He serves the ACS as a pediatric trauma representative on two committees and as Chair of the Verification Review Committee.

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Networking Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Plenary Session: PI Gets Fishy: Integrating the JC Taxonomy into the Trauma PI Process

Presenter: Beth Torres, PhD, RN, CCRN

The American College of Surgeons Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient include a PI and Patient Safety model for monitoring safety and outcomes. Challenges exist in operationalizing this model to review complications and events in academic settings with competing priorities in resident education and existing structures of traditional morbidity and mortality conferences. We describe our journey towards an interdisciplinary model of PI within our trauma and acute care surgery programs.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the JC taxonomies used in PI event analysis
  2. Describe how to integrate a fishbone tool into event analysis
  3. State how the fishbone can be useful in documenting loop closure
  4. Identify strategies for integrating PI case presentations into resident physician education
  5. Describe strategies for promoting professionalism and learning in M & M conferences.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Plenary Session: A Roadmap to the Future for Hospital Based Injury and Violence Prevention

Presenters: Christy Adams, RN, BSN, MPH, PhD(c)
Hospital based injury prevention programs are often implemented with limited guidance beyond verification criteria. A national collaborative of trauma and public health organizations have developed new Standards and Indicators for hospital based injury and violence prevention. The purpose of this session is to introduce the Standards and Indicators for Model Level I and II Trauma Center Injury and Violence Prevention Programs and discuss applications for program development.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:
  1. Discuss the history and current state of hospital based injury prevention.
  2. Describe the national Standards and Indicators for Model Level I and II Trauma Center Injury and Violence Prevention (IVP) Programs.
  3. Identify strategies to strengthen IVP Programs through application of the Standards and Indicators.
3:30 PM President's Closing
Presenter: Sarah Mattocks, MSN, FNP-C, TCRN, NE-BC, STN President