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Trauma: Resuscitation to Post-Surgical Care

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Course Description

This course is designed for healthcare providers working with trauma and post-surgical patients. The course includes care of the trauma patient from resuscitation to post-trauma and surgical care. It includes best practice issues, pain management and complications of sepsis and ARDS. Care of the family in crisis during the patient’s hospitalization will also be discussed.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss resuscitation with a focus on abdominal and extremity trauma and surgical patients.
  • Describe the best practice issues to prevent complications of post-trauma and surgical patients including: GIB and VTE prophylaxis, glucose control, sepsis and ARDS.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Resuscitation Issues of Hypovolemic and Hemorrhagic Shock Patients
    Classification Hemorrhagic Shock | End-Points Resuscitation | Crystalloids vs. Colloids | Hypotensive or Delayed Resuscitation | 1:1 Replacement
  • Complications of Abdominal Trauma or Surgical Patients
    Wound Dehiscence | Abdominal Compartment Syndrome | Intra- and Extra-Peritoneal Injuries | Volume Issues
  • Best Practice: GIB Prophylaxis
    Risk of Stress-Related Mucosal Disease (SRMD) | Incidence of SRMD | Prophylaxis Management | Complications of Prophylaxis
  • Sepsis: Complications of Trauma and Post-Operative Patients
    Causative Microorganisms and Clinical Insults | Sepsis Definitions and Criteria | Proinflammatory and Anti-Inflammatory Cytokines | Sepsis Bundles for Intervention
  • Pain Management in Post-Operative and Trauma Patients
    Opioids and Nonopioids | Pain Assessment | Complications of Analgesics | Special Issues in Pain Management

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Best Practice Issues: Glucose Control and VTE Prophylaxis
    Effects of Hyperglycemia | Current Guidelines for Glycemic Control | VTE Risk Stratification | VTE Prophylaxis Guidelines | Complications of Anticoagulation Therapy
  • Care of Extremities Following Surgery or Trauma
    Assessment of Extremities | Signs of Compartment Syndrome | Fat Embolism | Care of Amputations
  • Care of the Family in Crisis
    Patient’s Crisis Following Trauma | Family’s Crisis Following Trauma | Nursing Interventions During Family Crisis | Common Issues
  • ARDS: Another Complication
    Berlin Definition | ARDS Severity Classification | Pathophysiology ARDS | Lung Protective Strategies | Newer Modes of Therapy for ARDS
  • Case Studies: Trauma and Post-Surgical
    Common Postoperative Complications | Postoperative Assessment | Postoperative Emergencies