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emergency, emergency department, emergency nursing, emergency treatment, level III trauma, trauma, trauma systems



  1. Kratz, Ann MSN, APRN-BC, APNP
  2. Mason, Elaine BSN, RN, CDE, TNCC, ENPC


This evidence-based project was undertaken to implement research-based interventions in the care of the trauma patients in a Magnet-designated rural, community hospital. This article describes the importance of interfacility and interdisciplinary collaboration in the development of a level III trauma medical center in Wisconsin. Creative adaptations to optimize care for trauma patients were used during this journey.