The effect of an on-site trauma surgeon during resuscitations of severely injured patients

Authors Oscar E.C. van Maarseveen , Wietske H.W. Ham , Loek P.H. Leenen
Published in BMC Emergency Medicine
Publication date 2022
Research groups Proactive care for older people living at home
Type Article

Summary

Background: Although the timely involvement of trauma surgeons is widely accepted as standard care in a trauma center, there is an ongoing debate regarding the value of an on-site attending trauma surgeon compared to an on-call trauma surgeon. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of introducing an on-site trauma surgeons and the effect of their presence on the adherence to Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) related tasks and resuscitation pace in the trauma bay. Methods: The resuscitations of severely injured (ISS > 15) trauma patients 1 month before and 1 month after the introduction of an on-site trauma surgeon were assessed using video analysis. The primary outcome was total resuscitation time. Second, time from trauma bay admission until tasks were performed, and ATLS adherence were assessed. Results: Fifty-eight videos of resuscitations have been analyzed. After the introduction of an on-site trauma surgeon, the mean total resuscitation time was 259 seconds shorter (p = 0.03) and seven ATLS related tasks (breathing assessment, first and second IV access, EKG monitoring and abdominal, pelvic, and long bone examination; were performed significantly earlier during trauma resuscitation (p ≤ 0.05). Further, we found a significant enhancement to the adherence of six ATLS related tasks (Airway assessment, application of a rigid collar, IV access; EKG monitoring, log roll, and pronouncing results of arterial blood gas analysis; p-value ≤0.05). Conclusion: Having a trauma surgeon on-site during trauma resuscitations of severely injured patients resulted in improved processes in the trauma bay. This demonstrates the need of direct involvement of trauma surgeons in institutions treating severely injured patients.

On this publication contributed

  • Wietske H.W. Ham
    • Researcher
    • Research group: Proactive care for older people living at home

Language English
Published in BMC Emergency Medicine
Year and volume 22 1
Key words composition, experience, leadership, resuscitation, trauma team
Digital Object Identifier https://doi.org/10.1186/s12873-022-00724-3

Proactive care for older people living at home