In addition to the standard trauma activation criteria published on a badge card that everyone should carry and refer to, the Trauma Service can be activated in patients not meeting trauma criteria to help in several ways:
- Getting CT scans READ quickly (Trauma will read them)
- Getting lots of extra hands to do whatever needs to be done for the patient.
- Getting surgical decisions made more quickly.
You can even activate the trauma service if you have a non-trauma patient that needs emergent surgical intervention.
All of these decisions are covered under "ED Judgment"
(Dir OPS 7/15)