Key Concepts for Trauma Care in the ICU and PCU, Part 1

Part of AACN Critical Care Webinar Series

Presenter(s): John Gallagher, DNP,RN,CCNS,CCRN-K,TCRN,CHSE,RRT,FCCM

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Webinar Summary

Whether arising from natural disasters or man-made events, mass casualty situations can occur at any time, in any place. In these situations, trauma centers may be unavailable or become overwhelmed, forcing the injured to non-trauma care facilities for treatment. As a nurse, are you prepared to care for these unexpected trauma patients? Our three-part Trauma Care webinar series is designed to provide progressive and critical care nurses with the essential information needed to safely treat trauma patients during and post-resuscitation — even if you don’t routinely care for them. In this first webinar in the series, the presenter addresses the basics of trauma care and resuscitation in mass casualties and disasters, including how to prepare, patient assessment and management, and the impact on nurses.

Viewer questions are welcome and will be answered by the presenter in a Q&A document added to the Resources section of this webpage. Please submit your questions here.


  • Identify the current principles of trauma assessment and management, and appropriate techniques for resuscitation
  • Understand fundamental preparation for mass casualty and disaster situations
  • Describe the personal impact of caring for trauma patients and the importance of self-care




John Gallagher works at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing as professor, acute and tertiary care, and director of simulation education. He is also a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in trauma and critical care at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Gallagher’s career includes positions as staff nurse and CNS in diverse clinical settings, including trauma resuscitation and surgical ICU, emergency department and pulmonary step-down unit. Additionally, he is a registered respiratory therapist and former paramedic.

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