The Trauma Professional's Blog

Aug 20


nurse16 said: Do you have any videos or wisdom to share of how a trauma call should run, from arrival to disposition to OR/ICU? Trauma team roles, positions, responsibilities, etc.

This is something that has to be individualized for every hospital. The team composition, positions, responsibilities is designed with the hospital size, type and trauma center level in mind. I have a few videos available about are team. Start with this one:

Aug 19


Aug 18

How Big Should Your Trauma Bay Be?

Last week I asked for your assistance in determining how big a trauma resuscitation room should be. Thanks to everyone who replied! As you might suspect, these rooms can range from the very spacious…


to very tight…


Most respondents indicated that their trauma bays were somewhere between 225 and 300 square feet (21-28 sq meters), although some were quite large (Rashid Hospital in Dubai at nearly 50 sq meters!).

Interestingly, I did manage to find a set of published guidelines on this topic. The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) develops detailed recommendations for the design of a variety of healthcare facilities. Here are their guidelines for adult trauma bays:

The FGI “clear floor area” corresponds to my “Trauma Bay Working Area”, which is the area that excludes all the carts, cabinets, and countertops scattered about the usual trauma room. California’s guideline of 280 sq feet seems pretty reasonable as the “Trauma Bay Total Area”, if you can keep your wasted space down to about 30 sq feet.

Bottom line: Once again, don’t try to figure out everything from scratch. Somebody has probably already done it (designed a trauma bay, developed a practice guideline, etc). But remember, a generic guideline or even one developed for a specific institution may not completely fit your situation. In this case, the FGI guidelines say nothing about the trauma team size, which is a critical factor in space planning. Use the work of others as a springboard to jump start your own efforts at solving the problem.

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