To say that trauma patients need urgent care is truly an understatement. Every single second that passes after they have suffered a major trauma can quickly become life-threatening – especially if they are not being assessed properly and in a timely fashion by a licensed healthcare professional. When working with a trauma patient, here are several tips to remember in order to quickly reach a confirmed diagnosis successfully.
Not All Pain Can Be Relieved
Aside from your profession, the fact that you sincerely care about your trauma patient will make you want to find a way to quickly relieve their pain – even if it only provides temporary comfort. However, you need to remember that the pain from certain traumatic injuries cannot be relieved at all.
For example, even with a considerable amount of traction applied, a patient with a fractured femur is not going to receive any relief from that pain. Focus on caring for the patient by finding a diagnosis as fast as possible for permanent relief instead of temporary.
Avoid Becoming Distracted by Injuries
Many traumatic patients will have major injuries that can quickly become visually distracting. Keep in mind you have a relatively short period of time and need to work efficiently yet quickly at the same time.
Therefore, your undivided attention needs to be focused on caring for the patient's needs – not noticing how gruesome their injuries might appear. Follow the standard steps of protocol you have been trained to adhere to in traumatic situations.
Pay Attention to Your Gut Instinct
Your acquired knowledge and past experience in working with trauma patients provides you with an impressive level of insight that can pay off in these situations. You might have a gut instinct about a patient based on what you have observed and evaluated through your assessment of them.
Do not push these feelings to the side; they could prove to be very valuable when it comes to treating your patient. Even though there is a possibility your gut instinct might be incorrect, you should still take it into consideration.
Treat the Patient with Care
When striving to complete a medical assessment on a trauma patient, it may seem as if you are in a race against the clock. This is primarily because (in most cases) you are in a race! However, you should still take the necessary steps to actually care for your patient – treating him or her as a person instead of just a medical file. Doing so will allow the patient to remain calm and cooperative while you strive to confirm a diagnosis and treatment options. By remembering these tips, companies like Jobfit will have no trouble keeping you in work.