Ask any Trauma Registrar about the challenges they face in the workplace and you are bound to hear one answer again and again; most HIM professionals outside of trauma registry have little understanding of their field.
Trauma Registry plays a crucial role in the documentation of data that improves patient care. The data that trauma registrars extract helps the auto industry determine which vehicle structures need to be improved upon to prevent significant injuries and helps lawmakers establish policies aimed at making everyday household products and appliances safer. If you buckled your seatbelt on the way to work today, you can likely thank trauma registrars for documenting the accident data that inspired vehicle safety regulations.
Even though the benefits of trauma registries are well known and the trauma registry industry continues to grow, there is still no linear career path to becoming a trauma professional. Many trauma registrars come from other areas of HIM and are drawn to the field in search of something new. With little understanding of the field themselves, most learn how to perform their role from their coworkers. New hires may attend a few classes, but following that they are largely expected to learn the ropes from other registrars. The problem with this approach is that it perpetuates registry errors.
Excellent trauma care relies on a properly functioning trauma system. So how to do you create an environment that encourages ongoing learning and evaluation? Where can trauma professionals turn for the ongoing education they need?
As the Trauma Registry Manager for himagine solutions, I work with our clients to establish solid registry processes, build team skills, and keep registries up to date. I recently wrote an ebook on the topic of improving data accuracy through ongoing learning with the goal of educating the educators and proving a much needed training resource for our field.
My free book will show you how to develop an ongoing registrar feedback process that addresses the root causes of abstraction errors, reduces variability and improves trauma data quality. You can download the book by clicking the button below:
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