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Trauma Nurses: Historical Notes and Appreciation

Boyd, David R. MDCM, FACS

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0b013e31822bbe76
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The 1970s ushered in a major revolution in the delivery of trauma care in the United States. A new concept described as “a systems approach to trauma and emergency medical services” brought forth new trauma care professionals including trauma nursing as a prominent and essential feature. The trauma nurse coordinators were instrumental to the nation's successful trauma/emergency medical services systems (EMSS) regional development. A historical perspective of the important role of those pioneer nurses and their leadership contributions are presented with appreciation.

Indian Health Service, Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD.

Correspondence: David R. Boyd, MDCM, FACS, Indian Health Service, Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, 801 Thompson Ave, #320, Rockville, MD 20852 (David.Boyd@ihs.gov).

© 2011 Society of Trauma Nurses