As documented in the The Australasian Trauma Verification Program Manual by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons,1 the Trauma Director provides the required leadership which is needed for a Trauma Service to function within the individual hospital and wider Local Health District.
The Trauma Director’s role includes the development, implementation and evaluation of trauma system protocols which meet the needs of the trauma patient from pre-hospital through to rehabilitation.
Please note the following outline of the tasks of the Trauma Director is generic in nature and is a guide only.
The tasks, which accompany the function of the Trauma Director, include:
- Provides clinical expertise in resuscitation and the ongoing treatment of patients with multiple serious injuries
- Coordinates the care of the patient between multiple services and specialties
- Participates in the emergency on call roster for the relevant sub specialty and trauma
- Leads the weekly multi-disciplinary rounds of trauma patients
- Assumes the administrative function for the Trauma Service including membership of the hospital Clinical Executive Group which looks at long term strategic planning for the hospital and area health service focussing on service delivery and capital improvement
- Coordinates, participates and chairs the hospital Trauma Committee and Area Trauma Committee
- Attends and participates as an active member of the State or Territory’s Trauma Committee
- Implements and is responsible for the Trauma Team/Surgical roster
- Assists the Trauma Coordinator and the multi-disciplinary Trauma Committee with the development of policies and procedures and reviews it annually
- Supervises and delegates appropriate duties to the Trauma Fellow
- Critically reviews complications and deaths on the Trauma Service as chair of the Trauma Morbidity and Mortality Committee
- Assists the Trauma Coordinator in evaluating the effectiveness of action taken resulting from monitoring the quality and appropriateness of care
- Works with the Trauma Coordinator and Data Manager to analyse tabulated data to determine if trends are evident
- Individually counsels physicians who have been involved in any patient management problem
- Participation in the ongoing education and orientation of hospital and area network personnel involved in the management of the trauma patient
- Conducts weekly educational sessions for members of the multi-disciplinary team
- Teaches surgical trainees, residents, interns, nurses and allied health staff the principles of evaluation and management of the trauma patient
- Provides educational opportunities for medical students rotating through the Trauma Service
- Lectures to medical students who are rotated to the hospital as a requirement of their designated university medical course
- Teaches and participates at instructor/director levels the EMST course
- Edits and contributes to the hospital trauma manual
- Performs relevant clinical research relating specifically to the evaluation and management of trauma patients
- Provides advice and resources to registrars/residents to conduct basic scientific and clinical research
- Writes and supervises grant applications for financial assistance in the performance of basic scientific and clinical research
- Participates in trauma prevention research in partnership with the area injury prevention unit
- Works with relevant state or territory and national bodies to address the effects of trauma on society
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (2009). The Australasian Trauma Verification Program Manual. Melbourne: RACS.