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Trauma team

A Trauma team is a group of healthcare workers who attend to seriously ill or injured casualties who arrive at a hospital emergency department. The team is composed of a number of specific roles, with a typical team consisting of:

  • Team Leader - Trauma Surgeon, Emergency Medicine Physician, or Anesthesiologist
  • Additionally: Anesthesiologist or Nurse Anesthetist to maintain the airway
  • Respiratory Therapist (Canada/USA)
  • Three nurses
  • Radiographer
  • Scribe - a nurse or doctor who deals with administration

Other specialities can be added depending on the nature of the injury, for example a neurological surgeon will attend if there is a serious head injury. All staff should be trained in Advanced Trauma Life Support techniques. Each hospital will have a list of criteria that require the activation of the trauma team, such as a fall of over 6 meters or a fracture of 2 or more bones.

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