Trauma Call

See Christchurch Hospital Management Trauma Guidelines in Registrar Office

Trauma team members

  • Intensive Care Registrar
  • Emergency Department Registrar +/- ED Specialist (team leader)
  • Anaesthetic Registrar
  • Surgical Registrar
  • Orthopaedic Registrar                                       ] 
  • NS Registrar                                                    ]  Indicated as required
  • Paedeatric Surgical Registrar                            ]


Trauma call procedure

The Christchurch Hospital supports the principles of the Early Management of Severe Trauma System of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Role of the intensive care registrar at the trauma call:

  • Primarily as a back-up for acute life threatening situations
  • Where anaesthetic staff are not present, intensive care staff should manage the patients airway, providing they are adequately experienced to do so.
  • Secure the airway
  • Establish ventilation
  • Assist with vascular access

Do not leave intensive care unattended.  Once the trauma case is stable and there are sufficient anaesthetic and trauma team members present, you must notify the trauma team leader and return to the Intensive Care.

Intensive Care registrars may escort patients to the intensive care from the emergency department, but must not become involved in patient transport from the ED to Radiology, theatre or another ward / hospital.  However the Intensive Care registrars must maintain involvement and support for such patients (transport by such patients is the responsibility of the anaesthetic team).

Document your involvement in the case notes and the Admission ICU Specialist with whom the care was discussed.

Always keep intensive care senior medical and nursing staff up to date with patient progress, particularly if admission to intensive care will be required.


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Page last reviewed: 05 December 2016