Again, thanks for all who submitted their survey answers. Here’s a rundown of the answers provided by US respondents. A few duplicates from the same hospitals have been merged into single answers for them. Total number of US centers for the tables below is 149.
Level of trauma center
How many ED thoracotomies are performed per year at your hospital?
|A few per year (<6)||83|
|About every month (6-15)||35|
|A couple of times a month (16-30)||23|
|About every week (31-52)||8|
What type of trauma do you perform ED thoracotomy for?
|Both blunt and penetrating||79|
Do you use a practice guideline for ED thoracotomy?
|I’m not sure||15|
Do you use REBOA in your ED?
|I’m not sure||3|
And now for the questions you’ve been waiting for!
Who could perform ED thoracotomy at your hospital? (n=149)
|Surgical resident / fellow||93|
|Emergency medicine resident||66|
|APP (PA, NP)||2||at one Level I and one Level V|
|Family physician||1||at one Level V|
|Family medicine resident||1||at one Level V|
Who usually performs ED thoracotomy at your hospital? (n=149)
|Surgical resident / fellow||69|
|Emergency medicine resident||17|
|Never done one||3|
|Family physician or family nurse practitioner||1||at one Level V|
Who usually performs ED thoracotomy at your hospital? (By trauma center level)
|Level||I (n=83)||II (n=37)||III (n=15)|
|Emergency medicine resident||12||1||2|
Join me tomorrow when I review the international data!
Source: The Trauma Professionals’s Blog