Interdisciplinary Trauma Network of Canada (ITNC)
Not an ITNC member? Want to know more? Have a look at the ITNC Terms of Reference (2019) to read more about us and and about becoming part of the ITNC Executive.
Check out the member only section for:
- ITNC newsletters
- Summary of ITNC Day 2017 can be found in the member only section. This includes the ITNC AGM minutes, Case Study Discussion notes and evaluations of the day.
- Details about the ITNC educational bursary
Trauma Coordinator, South Zone West
Chinook Regional Hospital
960-19 Street South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5
President Elect-Angie Brisson
Past President (position vacant)
Contact Theresa Pasquotti ITNCexec@traumacanada.org
Become a TAC member and indicate ITNC to access:
- ITNC Trauma Program Resource
- Helpful tips for working in a trauma system/program
- Links to websites for injury prevention, clinical care, research, education and quality improvement
- List of performance improvement activities with contact information for people working in trauma from across Canada
- ITNC blog
- Be eligible for ITNC rapid fire, poster and oral presentations prizes
In 1999, a small group of trauma managers and coordinators recognized the need to improve professional ties among those in similar trauma system positions. Later that year, several trauma coordinators and managers gathered in Ottawa, Canada to begin planning for the development of an organization that would strengthen the current network for professionals working in this field. Out of that meeting came the creation of the Trauma Coordinators of Canada (TCC). A second meeting was held in May of 2000, where the initial strategic plan for TCC was further developed by a larger group. This May 2000 meeting, attended by 15 trauma managers and coordinators, marked the first official meeting of the Trauma Coordinators of Canada.
Since May 2000, the TCC Executive has worked to establish the organization as a formal network within the Trauma Association of Canada. This model provides TCC with the unique opportunity to collaborate with TAC in a variety of ways, including: the provision of direct input into the development of strategies that will improve trauma care delivery; and participation in the development of trauma systems design throughout Canada. Through TCC, TAC has also been able to expand its non-physician membership.
In the spring of 2007, the TCC executive and membership felt that their name no longer represented its growing membership. The membership had evolved from trauma program managers and coordinators to now include all disciplines along the trauma continuum, including, NP’s, CNS’s, Trauma educators, clinicians, clinical nurses, paramedics, Canadian Forces Military Nurses and researchers. The membership felt that the name should truly represent the national network that it had become. In April of 2008, at the TAC annual scientific meeting in Whistler, the membership officially changed their name to The Interdisciplinary Trauma Network of Canada ( ITNC).
The ITNC membership meets on a yearly basis in conjunction with the Trauma Association of Canada’s Annual Conference.
Membership in ITNC is included in the $125 annual Trauma Association of Canada (TAC) membership.
Benefits of ITNC Membership
Your ITNC membership fee helps support the work of ITNC, particularly in relation to the Annual ITNC Meeting held each year in conjunction with the TAC Annual Scientific Meeting.
There are also a number of ongoing projects that various ITNC members are working on. These projects include establishing a Canadian Trauma Coordinator/Manager education program which will support orientation and mentorship of trauma system leaders; and formalizing the role the Trauma Coordinator/Manager in the TAC Trauma Centre Accreditation/Verification process. The purpose of these projects are to further enhance and strengthen the role of trauma system leaders.
Throughout the year, you will receive updates from the ITNC Executive and various members regarding these activities and progress in the continued development of ITNC.
Your membership in ITNC also entitles you to join the ITNC Blog/Forum. This Blog/Forum provides a communication tool which allows for ongoing networking and information sharing among ITNC members throughout the year.
The leadership role of the ITNC is essential in promoting and achieving excellence with the trauma care system. The ITNC Membership has established the following values to guide us in our work:
- Family-Centred Care
- Team Work
- System Integration
- Professional Development
- Quality Improvement
- Commitment to Excellence
- Open Communication
- Health and Well-being
- Injury Prevention and Health Promotion
An inclusive trauma system is understood to include an interdisciplinary approach to injury prevention initiatives, pre-hospital care, acute in-hospital care, rehabilitation, community partnerships, research, provider education and quality management initiatives.
|President Elect||Angie Brisson|
|Members at Large||Tanya Charyk-Stewart; Alison Armstrong; Melanie Berube; Jo-Ann Hnatiuk|
|TRISC (Member at Large)||Jennifer McMillan|
|TAC BOD Rep (non-voting)||Sherry MacGillivray|
Trauma Registry Information Specialists of Canada (TRISC)
Excellence in trauma information management, expertise and the provision of timely, high quality trauma information contributing to the reduction of the incidence, severity and consequences of injury in Canada.
As a subgroup of the Trauma Association of Canada, promote the utilization of timely, high quality trauma information for trauma system development, program planning, resource utilization, education, research, and quality improvement that strive for the improvement of trauma care delivery, patient outcomes and injury prevention practices in Canada. Provide a national forum for Trauma Registry Information Specialists to network.
- Promote and achieve excellence in trauma information management.
- Strive for the highest quality of accurate and timely data.
- Foster data and indicator development for quality improvements in patient care and outcomes.
- Provide leadership in information management and trauma coding systems.
- Advocate for consistency in coding and data collection practices across the country for injury analysis, reporting and research on a national and provincial level.
- Share expertise, skills, and ideas to foster a team approach.
- Provide a forum to discuss issues, and work towards solutions.
- Team work
- Interdisciplinary collaboration through the provision of trauma information, analysis and expertise to meet the needs of a comprehensive Trauma Program/System in areas of clinical care, injury prevention, education, quality improvement and research.
- Educational and professional development to promote growth in knowledge and skills related to the collection, coding, analysis and interpretation of information.
- Maintain knowledge of relevant clinical practice patterns, as well as the latest trauma-related coding and scoring systems.
- Knowledge and use of systems to ensure timely, accurate and available information.
- Promote the use of current technology to support the efficient and productive use of time and information.
- Collaborate with Trauma Registry Software vendors to ensure national data requirements are met and provide ongoing improvement of systems for collection and reporting of quality data.
- Strive to utilize the most current, state of the art coding classifications and database systems for collecting, coding, and report trauma data.
Ms. Jennifer McMillan
- TRISC_Executive 2018-2020
- Injury Surveillance and Trauma Registry Information Management Orientation Manual 2016
- TRISC Terms of Reference
- TRISC National Trauma Registry Listing
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