The trauma unit in a hospital may be chaotic. With so many providers, nurses, and specialists all taking care of one patient, it can be overwhelming. The breakdown in communication between providers and nurses is one of the leading causes of sentinel events and adverse outcomes.
As part of his PhD degree at the University of Arizona (UA), assistant teaching professor Ryan Rasmussen (MS ’11) is studying communication in emergency trauma rooms. His study, which is currently obtaining institutional review board approval from three committees (UA, BYU, and a local Utah hospital), seeks to understand how members of trauma teams communicate while caring for trauma patients.
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