Georgia’s TeleTrauma Pilot Project Presented by Debra Kitchens, RN, CEN, NREMT-P MCCG Trauma Services Manager. The Georgia Department of Community Health. Funded The Georgia TeleTrauma Pilot Project…..Thru: The Georgia Rural Health Network Grant Program.
Debra Kitchens, RN, CEN, NREMT-PMCCG Trauma Services Manager
Georgia is experiencing a crisis in the capacity of the state’s trauma system to care for those who are seriously injured throughout the state.
Studies show that rural trauma patients die twice as often as those in urban areas. Why? Time, distance, and training are the primary culprits.
It as those in urban areas. is often said that trauma victims have the best chance of survival if the right resources and expert intervention is applied within the “golden hour,” the first hour after the injury. Unfortunately, in rural areas, resources and experts can be scarce, forcing smaller emergency departments to waste critical time transporting patients to the nearest city with a trauma center.
TeleTrauma Pilot Project Partners: as those in urban areas. Georgia Partnership for TelehealthLevel I Trauma CenterThe Medical Center of Central Georgia, MaconFour Rural Hospitals:Dodge County Hospital, EastmanFairview Park Hospital, DublinPeach Regional Medical Center, Fort ValleyTaylor Regional Hospital, Hawkinsville
The hope is that the end result will be that innovative and cutting edge technologies were used to save lives, increase efficiency, and improve the level of care provided to Georgians in trauma situations.
Project Progress: cutting edge technologies were used to save lives, increase efficiency, and improve the level of care provided to Georgians in trauma situations.Network & Equipment is installed, tested, & ready. Credentialing is complete for 3 of the 4 sites.Training & In-Service Education is on-going.Trauma Surgeons & rural ED staff have met via TeleConference.