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It is important for family members to be involved in the care of their loved ones. The goal at UPMC Presbyterian is to work with the family as active team players in an effort to bring loved ones a step closer to home.
Many different health care providers and staff work with patients in the trauma units at UPMC Presbyterian. This is a partial list of the individuals who are most likely to be involved in patient care, and their roles. If someone comes into the room and you do not recognize them, please ask them to introduce themselves and to explain their roles.
Rounding is the daily way that members of the trauma team see patients in the many locations at UPMC Presbyterian. The team typically begins at one end of the unit, and works though each unit that has trauma patients.
In a large teaching institution such as UPMC Presbyterian that has many trauma patients, the team approach works well in providing the best medical care for patients. It encourages collaboration in patient care, and provides education for the next generation of physicians, nurses, and other health care providers.
The trauma team at UPMC Presbyterian is the primary care team that coordinates care of patients who have multiple traumatic injuries. This team consists of attending physicians, fellows and residents, medical students, nurses, case workers, and other professionals. Other divisions, such as orthopaedics, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, and rehabilitation medicine also may be involved in patient care.
Rounding by the trauma team usually happens in the mornings, although the time is somewhat unpredictable, as the trauma team also takes care of newly injured patients, attends to other surgical emergencies, and performs multiple surgical procedures each day. Please ask your loved one’s nurse about what general time rounding may happen that day.
Early in the morning, the patients are examined and information is collected by medical students, residents, and nurses, who then present this information to the senior members of the team.
During rounds, the patients are examined by the team, and treatment and testing decisions are made and communicated to the patient and family members. Plans for eventual hospital discharge also are coordinated with the assistance of nursing, case managers and in discussion with the patient and family.