Trauma Care Team | Providing Quality Care at Iowa Methodist

UnityPoint Clinic - Express

180 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 120
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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Urgent Care - Ankeny

3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

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Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

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Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

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Urgent Care - Urbandale

2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

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Trauma Team

The trauma team is led by a trauma surgeon and contains a group of healthcare professionals. The team is organized to provide care for trauma patients in a coordinated and timely manner.

The Trauma Response Team

When a trauma patient is brought to Iowa Methodist or Blank Children's, the following Trauma Response Team is assembled to respond to the patient's needs:

  • Trauma surgeon
  • Emergency physician
  • Surgery resident physicians
  • Emergency room, critical care and operating room staff
  • Anesthesia
  • Blood Bank and laboratory technologist
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Radiology technologist
  • Security officers
  • Chaplain and social workers

Members from this team remain with the patient until he or she is transferred from the emergency department to the operating room, critical care unit or surgical floor. 

The Multidisciplinary Trauma Team 

The trauma team continues to care for the critically injured patients during their hospital stay. The team is a surgeon-led multidisciplinary team that cares for all trauma patients once they have been admitted to the hospital and life saving procedures have been completed. This team approach to the care of critically injured or surgical patients has been proven to lessen healthcare expenses and is critical to provider minute-to-minute care and decrease the risks of complications. Every member of the team contributes to patient care through daily collaboration and team visits. The team includes:

  • Trauma surgeon
  • Surgery resident physician
  • Trauma pharmacist
  • Trauma nurse practitioner
  • Dietitian
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Case manager and social workers
  • Nurses and staff
  • Patient and their family members

Leadership

The Trauma Team at Iowa Methodist and Blank Children's are actively involved in trauma leadership roles across the state and country. Our team has representation on the following teams, committees and/or associations:

  • Region 7 Chair, American College of Surgeon Committee on Trauma
  • Chair, Rural Trauma Team Development Course Committee, American College of Surgeon Committee on Trauma
  • Instructors and Course Directors, Advanced Trauma Life Support
  • Instructor, Advanced Trauma Operative Management
  • Instructor & Course Director, Rural Trauma Team Development Course
  • State of Iowa Trauma System Evaluation & Quality Improvement Committee
  • Board Member or Secretary/Treasurer the Iowa Trauma Coordinators - All nurses are active members. 
  • Society of Trauma Nurses
  • Pediatric Trauma Society 
  • Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)
  • State of Iowa Trauma Verification Team, Trauma Surgeon and Nursing Team Members 
  • Iowa Organization of Nurse 
  • Iowa Falls Coalition Committee
  • Adjunct - University of Iowa College of Medicine State of Iowa Trauma System Advisory Council 

Trauma Surgeons

There are five full-time trauma surgeons who are dedicated to the service of  patients with critical care needs.  The trauma surgeon is responsible for the initial resuscitation and stabilization of the patient, as well as ongoing evaluation. The attending trauma surgeon also leads the trauma team, which typically includes nurses, resident physicians, and support staff.

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