A prospective study of the performance of the trauma team leader

M. Sugrue*, M. Seger, R. Kerridge, D. Sloane, S. Deane

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This study assessed the performance of the trauma team leader in 50 consecutive trauma resuscitations at Liverpool Hospital over a two-month period. The trauma team consists of intensive care (ICU), emergency, and surgical registrars, three nurses, a wardsman, a radiographer, and a social worker. The team leader position alternates between the ICU and emergency registrar on a fortnightly roster. A panel of specialists experienced in trauma management evaluated 38 aspects of the initial resuscitation. Individual variables received different weightings. The maximum possible score for team leader performance was 80. The mean team leader score was 70.4 ± 8 (SD). The main deficiencies in the team leader's performances were in their interpersonal communications and in the adequacy of documentation of the history of the injury. In 20% of resuscitations there were failures to completely expose the patient. Medical skills were uniformly well performed. Poor communication with other team members were the main pitfall of the team leader in this study. The team leader score may prove a useful tool in improving the quality of the trauma team.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-82
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Trauma
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


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