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Mayo Clinic Trauma Physician Update e-Edition
May 2013
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Note to our readers

We are devoting this issue of the newsletter entirely to performance improvement (PI). The medical director of Mayo Clinic's Level I Trauma Center in Rochester, Minn., explains why.

Patient Care

PI challenging for large and small centers

Performance improvement (PI) is essential for the success of trauma centers but presents ongoing challenges for both large and small hospitals. A pediatric trauma director gives an overview of PI, discusses audit filters and suggests resources for low-volume centers.

Commitment is key to Level III and IV PI

Trauma medical directors in small hospitals face great challenges with regard to performance improvement (PI). Recognizing that PI can be modified to suit an institution's needs is one part of the solution. The other, greater part is commitment.

Practice Guidelines and Research

Pre-hospital PI: The same but different
Although the process is the same, pre-hospital performance improvement (PI) presents different challenges. Two experts discuss what works in their hospital, including open and honest peer review and evidence-based guidelines adapted from the ED.

Reality ED: Lessons from a Level IV Trauma Center
After putting performance improvement (PI) on hold for a year, a small-town hospital restarted the process. With the help of outside advisers, a committed team made significant changes.

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Mucha Symposium on Acute Care and Trauma Surgery
Aug. 8-9, 2013, in Rochester, Minn.
Designed for general surgeons, emergency medicine physicians and other providers, this course focuses on managing common trauma emergencies. It offers tools and guidelines for rural hospital providers and establishes a framework for regional systems of care.

Ice Hockey Summit II: Action on Concussions
Oct. 8-9, 2013, in Rochester, Minn.
Improved management of concussions requires a collaborative effort among physicians, psychologists, coaches, sports science specialists and community partners. This scientific program focuses on education and provides an evidence-based action plan designed to make a difference.

TransFuse2014: Transformative Fusion of Innovative Blood Management Technologies
March 25-28, 2014, in Phoenix
Designed by national leaders in blood management, this one-of-a-kind, three-day course explores current techniques and program development for implementing hospital blood management programs.

See all Emergency Medicine Continuous Professional Development courses

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