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Wake Forest Baptist Health Trauma Survivors Network participates in trauma research study

Thursday, October 15, 2015  
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Injured patients were evaluated and received medical imaging tests 30% faster after an innovative performance improvement project was enacted at one hospital.  "Being able to quickly identify patients' injuries can really increase our ability to treat them more effectively," lead investigator Andrea Long, MD, an acute care surgery fellow at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  "Does assessing the patient faster decrease the chance of death? Absolutely."  In fact, previous research has shown that the length of stay in the emergency department is an independent predictor of hospital mortality after trauma team activation.  The project, which involved multidisciplinary simulation training and feedback from actual trauma survivors, was tested at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  Dr Long presented the results here at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2015......(Click here to read more)

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