Surgical physician assistants at the Trauma Burn Center are integral members of the team. Our mid-level providers have additional training and certification, which includes Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Advanced Burn Life Support. They assist the physician team in an autonomous fashion in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. This enhances continuity of patient care, communication, and student teaching.
Nurses at the Trauma Burn Center care for a wide variety of patients from the pediatric and adult burn patient to multiple injured adult trauma patients. Many nurses have advanced training including Advance Burn Life Support, Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses, Critical Care Registered Nurse Certification, Advanced Cardiac Life Support & Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Patient care includes the initial resuscitation period, post-operative recovery, daily care, rehabilitation and end of life care. We practice in an environment of healing and hope for both our patients and their families. We recognize that our patient's families are an important part of their healing process. Being a Trauma Burn nurse is a daily challenge that requires dedication and strong commitment and comes with great rewards.
Social workers help patients and their families deal with the psychological, emotional and social issues related to injury, hospitalization, and discharge planning. They provide information about available hospital and community resources. They supply educational materials on issues such as Michigan No-Fault Auto Insurance Laws, traumatic brain injury and recovery, spinal cord injury and recovery, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), conservatorship and guardianship. They can assist with referrals to community agencies for assistance with medical coverage, substance abuse counseling, transportation, and disability assistance. Social workers can also provide counsel about a number of issues such as grief, abuse, assault, and psychological problems.
Clinical Care Coordinators
The Trauma Burn Program has three Clinical Care RN Coordinators.
Our occupational therapists provide services to children and adults whose ability to cope with the tasks of daily living is threatened or impaired by trauma and/or burn injuries. Treatment may include assessment and training in activities of daily living; hand function skills; prosthetics; environmental alterations; positioning techniques; visual, perceptual and cognitive skills; orthotics training; and use of adaptive equipment.