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Trauma Department

Your Care Team

The trauma advanced practice nurse (APN) plays a key role in your loved one’s care. Trauma APNS are independent practitioners who collaborate with the trauma attending surgeon. They attend daily trauma rounds and develop patient care plans. Trauma APNs also perform minor procedures, can prescribe medicine and coordinate follow-up care. They communicate with the trauma care team and patients and families. APNs also coordinate with Outpatient Services to follow trauma patients after discharge.

Trauma APNs are part of a large trauma team (see below) who cares for your loved one.

Trauma attending surgeon: A trauma surgeon who directs the trauma team and consults with other surgeons and doctors as needed. A trauma surgeon is on call for immediate response at all times.

Addictions counselor: A professional who provides alcohol screening, brief intervention and if necessary, referral to treatment for substance use.

Case manager: A professional who seeks out and coordinates resources for the trauma patient being discharged home.

Pastoral services: Chaplains who offer emotional and spiritual comfort to patients and families throughout hospitalization.

Physician assistant (PA): A health professional who practices medicine with the supervision of a licensed doctor.

Resident: A doctor who has completed medical school and is continuing his or her training in a specialty. Surgical and emergency medicine residents always work under the supervision of the trauma surgeon.

Respiratory therapist: A health care professional who provides breathing support and respiratory treatments.

Social worker: A professional who is experienced with coordinating social services needed by trauma patients and their families.

Trauma nurse: A registered nurse who has advanced training in the care of trauma patients. Trauma nurses care for patients around the clock and are responsible for updating families on the patient’s condition with the trauma team.

Trauma hospitalist: A medical doctor who works with the trauma care team on health issues that may impact trauma care.

Other health care professionals may help care for your loved one health care professionals include surgical and medical specialists and occupational therapist, psychiatrist, physiatrist, physical therapist, and speech/language pathologist.

ChristianaCare Trauma Department
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Suite 1320
Newark DE 19718 directions