TraumaCon 2023

March 29-31, 2023
Denver, Colorado
Hyatt Regency Denver

STN’s Annual Conference, TraumaCon, returns March 29 - 31, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Denver! TraumaCon is the trauma community’s most important educational and networking event. Over this three-day conference, you will have the opportunity to visit with old friends, make new connections, and choose from a variety of high-quality educational programs designed for nurses involved in the care of trauma patients and the management of trauma programs and trauma systems.

Conference Highlights

  • Plenary Sessions – Thursday, March 30 will feature an important plenary session on the the topic of "Preventing Workplace Violence: One Trauma Center’s Experience". Join our panelists in a discussion as they share innovative methods for mitigating workplace violence and supporting nurses across three different care settings within an urban, Level 1 Trauma Center. Friday plenary sessions include a discussion of trauma nursing in Ukraine, disparities in trauma care, marijuana use and trauma, and rural trauma. 
  • Multiple Concurrent Sessions – The conference will feature concurrent sessions on Thursday.
  • Pre-conference Sessions – Level up your learning experience with additional educational opportunities on Wednesday, March 29.
  • Poster Abstract CE – Optional continuing education (CE) for poster abstract reviews will be offered Thursday afternoon.
  • Special Interest Groups/Committees – These meetings will take place on Wednesday morning, March 29, before the pre-conference sessions. Network with other members in your special interest area!
  • Grand Opening of Exhibit Hall – The celebration and grand opening of the exhibit hall is on Wednesday evening following the pre-conference sessions. This is a great chance to network with colleagues and vendor partners.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, March 29
7:30 AM – 4:40 PM Pediatric Trauma Across the Care Continuum

The PTACC course provides education to nurses who care for admitted pediatric trauma patients. The content was designed to close the identified educational gap for this group. The course will feature modules on the following topics as they relate to pediatric trauma: trauma assessment, shock, abdominal, head and spine, musculoskeletal, thoracic, face/neck/eye, burns, and physical abuse. Rotating skill stations will also be available.

Separate registration for this course is required. Click here to register.

Society of Trauma Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This course has been awarded 8.0 contact hours.

Location: Children's Hospital Colorado - Anschutz 13123 E 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045

Directions: Upon arrival to Children's Hospital Colorado, participants must check in at the desk in the main entrance to obtain a badge and answer COVID screening questions. Once a badge is received, the conference center is on the 2nd floor. Signage will direct the way upon exiting the elevators. Masks are required.

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8:00 AM – 9:15 AM SIG & Committee Meetings

  • Geriatric Committee
  • Member Engagement Committee
  • Leadership Committee
  • GAPP Committee
  • ATCN Committee
  • Burn SIG
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM SIG & Committee Meetings

  • ATCN Interest Forum
  • International Council
  • TACTIC Committee 
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM SIG & Committee Meetings

  • Research Committee
  • Clinical Committee
  • Injury Prevention SIG
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM Tour of Craig Hospital
Kick off your conference experience with a special behind-the-scenes tour of Craig Hospital, a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital that exclusively specializes in the neuro-rehabilitation and research of patients with spinal cord and brain injuries. Enjoy the opportunity to see their life-changing therapies, ground-breaking research, and innovative technologies in person. If you are interested in attending this tour, please click here to register
12:30 PM – 4:45 PM Pre-Conference Session: Caring for Geriatric Trauma Patients: An International Perspective
Presenters: Cynthia Blank-Reid, MSN, RN, TCRN, CEN, Knut Kolstadbraten, MSN, CRNA, RN, Elizabeth Seislove, MSN, RN, Cristiane de Alencar Domingues, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, and Rene Ackermann, RN

Additional Registration Fee of $250 Required.

Geriatric populations across the globe are living longer, more active and travel more than previous generations. ATLS and ATCN standardized the resuscitation of geriatric trauma patients yet they are often under triaged. This preconference will discuss similarities and differences in geriatric care across the world. Every country faces unique issues caring for them. Best practice guidelines for various countries will be discussed in addition to different geriatric injury prevention programs.

  • Identify which countries have the fastest growing geriatric populations and the longest life expectancy.
  • Discuss common criteria utilized globally for calling a trauma alert on a geriatric patient.
  • Identify evidence-based practice guidelines to prevent complications in geriatric patients.
  • Discuss successful geriatric injury prevention programs and why they are successful.
12:30 PM – 4:45 PM Pre-Conference Session: Trauma PIPS: The Big 4 in 4
Presenters: Robbie Dumond, MHA, BSN, TCRN, AEMT, Heidi Hotz, RN, Jorie Klein, MSN, MHA, BSN, RN, and Kathleen Martin, MSN, RN

Additional Registration Fee of $250 Required.

During this 4-hour session, subject matter experts will share their successes (and failures) in the areas of efficiency for data processes, useful math for various rates, clinical practice management guidelines monitoring, and the culture of safety specific to employee wellness.

  • Describe ways of creating efficient, paperless, LEAN data processes that lead to concurrent processes
  • Incorporate different ways to monitor care through accurate calculations of audit filters, complication rates, and over-under triage
  • Streamline the process of measuring compliance with practice guidelines
  • Implement ways to showcase trauma care through data
  • Integrate employee health and wellness with patient safety
12:30 PM – 4:45 PM Pre-Conference Session: Pediatric Trauma
Additional Registration Fee of $250 Required.
Pediatric Trauma: How Mechanisms of Injury Have Changed from the Past to the Present
Presenter: Maria McMahon, MSN, PNP-PC/AC, NE-BC, TCRN
According to the CDC, unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for ages 1-24 years. The cause of death for specific age groups has changed due to various contributing factors such as car seat development and product design, graduated licenses and environmental influences. This presentation will review the mechanisms of injury for specific age groups and factors contributing to these changes. This knowledge will bring awareness of injuries most commonly seen in the pediatric patient.

  • Identify the factors that influence changes in mechanisms of injury.
  • Describe injuries most commonly associated with certain mechanisms of injury
Kid's Safety Fair: Successful Event Planning!
Presenter: Jennifer Heidle, BS
Anyone who has been in the Trauma sphere for long knows this truth very well: injury prevention is a BIG job! One great way you can reach a large audience and make a major impact on entire families at one time is by hosting a community Kid’s Safety Fair! By bringing together all aspects of the trauma injury prevention spectrum- providers, volunteers, vendors, and community support organizations- you can pack more punch into your prevention efforts and impact your community for positive change!

  • Understand the overall picture of managing a large injury prevention event
  • Understand how to recruit, equip and manage event staff and volunteers
  • Have the ability to develop relationships with vendors and community support organizations participating in their event
  • Have knowledge of the specific logistical planning involved in such an event"
Rare But Significant in Pediatric Trauma
Presenter: Jessica Osipowicz, MSN
Certain injuries occur so infrequently in pediatric patients, and their associated symptoms variable or vague, that diagnosis may be delayed. Any potential delay in diagnosis or treatment can have significant consequences on morbidity and mortality. Case studies will be utilized to enhance the audience’s understanding of clinical presentation, treatment, and outcomes of several rare but significant injuries encountered at our pediatric trauma center.

  • Review several rare but significant pediatric traumatic injuries including, but not limited to, blunt aortic and vascular injury and diaphragmatic hernia
Pediatric Penetrating Trauma: One Patient's Story
Presenter: Lori Beck, MSN, RN, CPEN, TNS
The rise in penetrating trauma is taking a toll on our communities and is being felt by the hospital staff that cares for them. This is the story of a single patient that was repeatedly impacted by community violence until his ultimate untimely death. This presentation discusses his journey and examines current strategies directed at preventing stories like these.

  • Discuss the role of a Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program (HVIP).
  • Discuss signs and symptoms of post traumatic epilepsy in a patient with a traumatic brain injury.
  • Discuss risk factors associated with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).
Complexities of Care for the Pediatric, Bariatric Trauma Patient
Presenter: Melissa Harte, DNP, MSHA, RN, TCRN
Care of the pediatric patient has unique needs and coupling that care with the special needs of the bariatric patient can be challenging. Now, add severe traumatic injuries including pelvic fractures into the mix! This presentation will be a case review highlighting the challenges and lessons learned throughout the patients 100 day length of stay including focused efforts on the continuum of care…injury prevention through rehabilitation.

  • Describe the complexities in care for a pediatric, bariatric trauma patient
  • Review challenges during a 100 day length of stay
  • Discuss care through the continuum including disposition to rehabilitation
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Grand Opening of Exhibit Hall and Welcome Reception

  • Network with your colleagues and vendor partners
  • Appetizers and Cash Bar
  • Visit the Exhibits
  • Play Exhibit Hall Game

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