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One important part of our work is the development of clear guidelines for the care of seriously and critically injured patients. These guidelines are developed through review of the research and consultation with healthcare professionals right here in New Brunswick. The result is changes in clinical practice that help make sure our patients get the very best care possible, wherever their injury occurs.
Changing Clinical Practice – In Action
NB Trauma Program recently introduced changes to the way long backboards are used, especially during the transfer of injured patients from one hospital to another. The evidence no longer supports their use for this purpose, and clinicians in New Brunswick were suggesting that change in practice was warranted. Instead of each hospital defining if or how this change should be implemented, we developed a single, provincial consensus statement, applicable for all Emergency Departments and for our partners at Ambulance New Brunswick. By ensuring the right equipment and educational support was in place, we can monitor the effect of this change in practice.
What’s next? We have prepared a similar consensus statement guiding healthcare professionals on the use of pelvic binders, and we will soon release more of this type of consistent, provincial level guidance and support to ensure that our patients get the best care possible, wherever their injury occurs.