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May 8, 2005

Harborview conference to focus on best practices in trauma care

Critical issues in the treatment of trauma throughout the continuum of pre-hospital care, emergency care, surgical care, acute care and rehabilitation will be the focus of WAMI 2005: Current Practices in Adult and Pediatric Trauma, a two-day conference sponsored by Harborview Medical Center, the designated Level I trauma center for Washington, as well as the trauma and burn referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WAMI). The two-day conference takes place June 1-2 at the Red Lion Hotel in downtown Seattle.

Nationally recognized speakers and local experts on trauma care will present topics pertinent to nurses, physicians, paramedics, social workers, and other health-care workers. Conference objectives are to:


  • Identify critical issues in the continuum of care for adult and pediatric trauma patients;
  • Identify the psychosocial needs of trauma patients and their families;
  • Discuss new modalities and cutting-edge advances in trauma care;
  • Describe current issues impacting trauma care in the era of health-care reform.

The conference, which Harborview has sponsored for the past 16 years, includes a new program track this year on quality improvement for emergency medical services (EMS). Three sessions will concentrate on quality improvement issues for EMS data, and speakers will discuss how to share and use EMS data.

For information on the conference or to register, call 206-731-6396 or email clined@u.washington.edu.