Emergency Medicine, Radiography
Emergency Medicine: The Radiographer's Role in Emergency Care: Part 1
Audience: All radiologic technolgists
Skill Level: Introductory
Emergency medicine encompasses many clinical specialties of which imaging services play a large role. Although emergency medicine includes both trauma and non-trauma cases, it is important for imaging staff to understand where they fit in the emergency department team in order to systematically care for the trauma patient. Facilities at all levels provide emergency medical care. These can range from major metropolitan medical centers to small rural emergency rooms. The function of the imaging staff is vital to the care of all emergency patients.
Part 1 of the two part module will touch on certain aspects of trauma, trauma center levels, the trauma team and best practices in dealing with emergency department patients. Specific trauma positioning will not be addressed.
After completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
* Define trauma
* Discuss types of trauma
* Describe trauma center levels
* Define trauma alert levels
* Describe the role of radiology support services.
* Discuss best practices/teamwork in trauma radiography
Mrs. Aimee J.. Phillips
About the author:
Aimee J. Phillips, M.S.R.T. (R)(M)(CV) obtained her Masters in Community Health Education from W.V.U. She has an extensive background in radiology including certifications as a radiographer, mammographer, and special procedures technologist and is currently pursuing certification in quality management. Her career at Marietta Memorial began in 2000 and she has been a member of the MMH Staff Development team since early 2008. She served as a clinical instructor and program director at two different radiology school programs prior to coming to Marietta. Both of these roles required curriculum design and instruction, as well as knowledge of accreditation standards and functions. Currently, she is responsible for assessment, planning, development and delivering needs based and required education for both clinical and non-clinical areas. Aimee has published several professional articles in RT Image, ASRT Scanner and the ASRT Journal.