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Crit Care Nurs Q. 1996 May;19(1):83-7.

Trauma critical pathways: a care delivery system that works.


Continuous performance improvement in care a patient receives is of paramount importance to Robert Packer Hospital, a regional, accredited trauma center in rural Pennsylvania. In fall 1991, a care delivery system known as case management was introduced as a mode for achieving this continuous performance improvement goal. The staff members' experience with the initial development and use of a trauma critical pathway was first published in the November 1993 issue of Critical Care Nursing Quarterly. Now, 3 years later, case management has proven to be a viable means to accomplish the continuous performance improvement goal by enhancing the quality of care for trauma patients and their families throughout hospitalization. This article reviews the outcomes over the past 3 years as a result of case management and the use of trauma critical pathways.

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