Trauma Informed CareOct 30, 2023
Have you ever frightened a patient by placing a facemask on during preoxygenation?
Or noticed a patient suddenly go quiet when you are putting ECG leads on their chest? 🥺
The perioperative setting is our normal. But for patients it is often one that carries a whole lot of fear and sometimes reminders of events from the past. A patient’s behaviour may surprise you, however, it is likely a result of past experiences. ⏮⏮
If you haven’t heard the term Trauma Informed Care (TIC), you will. It is an essential part of healthcare that is only now being recognised by individuals and organisations. 🏥
Laura Freeburn a nurse educator in Mental Health at RBWH, and was recently interview by Liz Crowe on her podcast, “5 things nursing” about Trauma Informed Care. Laura talks about the 4 R’s of TIC:
1️⃣ Realise - more than 60% of patients have experienced trauma, so our approach should reflect that.
2️⃣ Recognise - recognise signs of trauma. How someone is presenting today is often as a result of previous experiences.
3️⃣ Respond - as individuals and as an organisation so that we don’t inflict the 4th R…
4️⃣ Resist re-traumatisation.
For an excellent discussion on TIC, have a listen to the podcast. You can find it by searching “Five Things About Trauma Informed Care.” 😁
Credit: Liz Crowe, Laura Freeburn & Jesse Spur.