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Trauma Registry Reengineered

Wargo, Christina MSN; Bolig, Nicole; Hixson, Heather; McWilliams, Nate MPA, RHIA; Rummerfield, Heather; Stratton, Elaine; Woodruff, Tracy CSTR

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000087
Pi/Outcomes Management

A successful trauma registry balances accuracy of abstraction and timeliness of case submissions to achieve quality performance. Staffing to achieve quality performance is a challenge at times based on competitive institutional need. The aim of this performance improvement timing study was to identify trauma registry job responsibilities and redesign the responsibilities to create increased abstraction time and maintain accuracy of data abstraction. The outcome is measured by case submission rates with existing staffing and interrater reliability outcomes.

Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania (Mss Wargo, Bolig, Hixson, Rummerfield, Stratton, Woodruff); and Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (Mr McWilliams).

Correspondence: Christina Wargo, MSN, Geisinger Medical Center, 100 North Academy Ave (21-68), Danville, PA 17822 (

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Copyright © 2014 by the Society of Trauma Nurses.