Trauma Centers Need Nonphysicians in the Mix

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To effectively fulfill their role, trauma programs must strike the right balance of physician and nonphysician staff. Although the American College of Surgeons provides physician coverage requirements and direction for trauma centers, there is virtually no guidance on appropriate staffing for nonphysician team members. To help fill this gap, we recently conducted a study of how nonphysician team members are staffed at 14 Level II trauma centers across the country. This article shares the results of the study in order to offer guidance to existing and future Level II trauma programs on how to effectively staff nonphysician team members and provide trauma programs with an objective peer comparison to support their journey toward becoming model trauma programs.

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