Transitioning the complex trauma patient from the ICU: acute care nurses' perceptions of readiness.

Research paper by Laura L Garlow, Angela A Day, Camille C Payne

Indexed on: 15 Mar '15Published on: 15 Mar '15Published in: Journal of trauma nursing : the official journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses


Trauma centers improve patient outcomes through the provision of expert care by trauma surgeons and nurses. While the American College of Surgeons stipulates that trauma centers must have qualified nurses, there is no clear definition of qualified, nor is there a recommendation for trauma nurse readiness beyond the emergency department or intensive care. In a newly designated level II trauma center, it was recognized that nurses were unprepared to provide care to complex trauma patients. This study explored nurses' perceptions of their knowledge, skills and confidence in complex trauma care utilizing a novel transitional care model.