HUP’s annual recognition of Trauma Awareness Month is a chance for members of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency Surgery to “celebrate positive reminders, recognize excellence, and see continued healing of patients and families,” said John Gallagher, MSN, Trauma Program manager.
“It reminds us of why we’re here,” added Patrick Reilly, MD, division chief. “It is wonderful and humbling to see the success in recoveries.”
Last year, the trauma team cared for more than 2,100 trauma patients, 400 of whom were transferred from other hospitals. Among Level 1 trauma centers, “ours has the most severely injured patients. They were extremely complicated cases and yet, in spite of that, 96.5 percent survive to discharge,” said Patrick Kim, MD, Trauma Program director. “This gives us confidence to move forward in what we’re doing.”
The celebration also recognized the winner of the 2014 Trauma Nurse Excellence Award: Keriann Hanlon, BSN, of Rhoads 5. According to her nomination letter, “Keriann is always searching for ways to improve her practice and help the novice nurse learn and grow…. As a charge nurse, Keriann is able to easily manage any situations involving trauma patients.”
Hanlon co-founded the Trauma/Surgical Critical Care Case Presentation which focuses on cases which are “extremely complicated and have an outstanding issue that is then used as an excellent teaching and performance improvement opportunity.”
Hanlon is a strong advocate for primary nursing, frequently taking on the most challenging patients who are often in the last days of their lives. One of her patients wanted to be taken off the ventilator after a prolonged hospitalization. Before he was ready to be taken off, “all he wanted was a Pepsi. She brought him the Pepsi and sat with him, suctioning as he took sips and providing the most amazing emotional support.”
Hanlon has a ”passion for advancement of knowledge and care of the trauma patient that is matched by few others. She is well deserving of the Trauma Nursing Excellence Award.”
Gallagher noted that this will be HUP’s last Trauma Awareness celebration. Next year it will be at PPMC’s Pavilion for Advanced Care, scheduled to open February 2015.
Photo caption: Keriann Hanlon, winner of the 2014 Trauma Nurse Excellence Award, with Patrick Kim (l.) and John Gallagher.