We’re here to make a difference in injury prevention and care in New Brunswick. The NB Trauma Program is comprised of dedicated partners who are committed to help reduce injuries, provide coordinated trauma care, education and research opportunities. Our partners include the NB Department of Health, Horizon Health Network, Vitalité Health Network and Ambulance NB. Click here to see our NB Trauma team.
New Brunswick’s trauma program is not your typical trauma system. Traditional trauma systems focus heavily on level 1 and 2 trauma centres – the hospitals that offer the most complex care for injured patients. New Brunswick’s system recognizes that our ambulance service, our smaller emergency departments and our larger hospitals need to work together as a single, integrated system. This work began with the February 2010 release of the New Brunswick Trauma System Final Report, the “blueprint” for a coordinated trauma system.
Why we are different
Our system of trauma care, education, research and injury prevention recognizes that both rural and urban trauma centres, Ambulance New Brunswick and community partners are all an essential part of our system and a key to our success.
The NB Trauma Program recognizes a total of 20 hospitals in New Brunswick as trauma centres and designates them according to the care available at each. Not sure of the difference between Trauma Centre designations? Click here!
In the Community
We live here and we care. The communities we serve are important partners to help us spread the message about how to reduce the risk of being seriously injured. The NB Trauma Program actively engages with communities in injury prevention initiatives and is supported by the Provincial Injury Prevention Subcommittee to the NB Trauma Program. An example of this is our key program for youth offered to high school students throughout New Brunswick with the help of community volunteers – the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) program.
Supporting the Healthcare Team
In addition to our community work, a core function of our program is providing solid support to those who provide injury care every day. Guided by our Education Subcommittee, we coordinate and deliver educational programs for healthcare professionals, including the internationally known Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course, the Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) and the newer Rural Trauma Team Development Course. We also use the NB Trauma Registry to analyze trends in injuries and injury care, providing tailored follow-up with care providers and teams.
We also support our team with the best available guidance for the care of trauma patients, through release of consensus statements and clinical guidance for common as well as major trauma situations. Our Clinical Standards Subcommittee guides this work, using data from the NB Trauma Registry to identify priorities for us to develop, validate and share consensus statements and clinical guidelines with healthcare providers across the province.
Research is also on our agenda, and our Trauma Research Subcommittee actively supports excellence in trauma research provincially. This includes awarding of an annual trauma research grant and providing research advice to trauma researchers. Together, we’ve been successful at better understanding our system and what we can do to further enhance it. Our work has also been recognized nationally and internationally, having presented oral and poster presentations at major trauma and emergency medicine conferences. Check out the library of our published work here.
Our Partners – Saving lives through exceptional, coordinated teamwork
This model is unique in Canada because each of New Brunswick’s regional health authorities, the provincial ambulance service provider and the department of health are all equal partners in the program. This allows us to work together to create a single, integrated system of care for people who are seriously or critically injured in the province.
The NB Trauma Program also has many community partnerships, mainly in the area of injury prevention. These partnerships include police and fire services, schools, non-profit agencies and charitable organizations that focus on wellness.
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