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Role of the trauma nurse coordinator in Hong Kong

Yeung, Janice Hiu-Hung, Cheung, Nai-Kwong, Graham, Colin A., Chang, Annice Miu-Ling, Ho, Wendy and Rainer, Timothy Hudson 2006. Role of the trauma nurse coordinator in Hong Kong. Surgical Practice 10 (3) , pp. 97-101. 10.1111/j.1744-1633.2006.00304.x

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Abstract

Background: Trauma is one of the leading causes of death for all ages in Hong Kong. In 2003, the Hospital Authority designated five hospitals as trauma centres. Five Trauma Nurse Coordinators (TNCs) were employed to facilitate multidisciplinary care and to coordinate all aspects of quality improvement for injured patients. The present paper investigates the characteristics and roles of TNCs in Hong Kong. Methods: A questionnaire was developed and sent to all TNCs in HK to ascertain information about demographic characteristics, education, job training, roles and the TNCs’ position within the organizational structure. Results: The TNCs were 30–40 years of age (four females); are experienced registered graduate nurses; hold post-registration certificates or diplomas in emergency/critical care; and have 11–18 years nursing experience. All TNCs have pursued masters degrees, with two completed. Four of the TNCs had received formal training on computerized data management, abbreviated injury scale coding and trauma nurse coordination. TNCs averaged 2.5 years experience in their post. TNCs manage the trauma registry, are involved in clinical patient management, quality assurance activities, professional and public education and research. Conclusion: TNCs play an important role in trauma management in Hong Kong.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1744-1625
Date of Acceptance: 22 February 2006
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:17
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/93050

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