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2019 Best Practices

A Best Practice is an ideal model or successful initiative worthy of imitation that is unique to your trauma center and highlights your program. It does not have to be a scientific abstract or be evidence-based, however, if you have any supporting evidence, we encourage you to include it.         


Best Practice Deadline:  January 31, 2019


Submit your Best Practice Here



Suggested Categories (but not limited to):

  • Advocacy
  • Clinical
  • Finance
  • Operations
  • Registry
  • Injury Prevention
  • System Development
  • Education
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Geriatrics
  • Outreach
  • Performance Improvement
  • Pediatrics


Instructions for Best Practice Submission:


§  No Best Practice will be accepted after the deadline.

§  You do not have to be a TCAA member to submit. 

§  Presentations presented at another conference(s) are permitted with permissions. 


1.  Provide a brief summary of the Best Practice. The brief summary must contain the following information:


a.  A short explanation of the reason this practice was developed; please include the history behind the program/project

b.  The resources needed to accomplish this project

c.  Describe the Project or Process

d.  How the effectiveness of the project was determined; include any data you may have

e.  Lessons Learned, Pros and Cons

f.   Conclusions, including pre/post data, stats if applicable 

g.  Describe in what way this project would be of benefit to other trauma centers

h.  How can other trauma centers implement this idea


**Click on this link Best Practice Winners for examples of previous submissions


2.  Individuals whose submissions are accepted will receive a $75 reduction on the TCAA Annual Conference registration. All presenters must register and attend the Annual Conference. If the first author is unable to attend the meeting, one of the other listed authors may present the poster. Reduced registration applies to the primary presenting author only.


3.  Notification of acceptance by the Education Committee will be March 6, 2019.


4.  Best Practice submitted will be considered eligible for one of the following:

  •  A 20-minute podium presentation during the Annual meeting. The top three best practices will be chosen to present on May 1st.
  •  Best Practice Poster during the evening reception on May 1st.

5.  The lead author will be required to submit a permission to publish form, permission to record form and a disclosure form.


6.  All expenses associated with presentation of the Best Practice (printing, delivery, accommodations, etc…) are the responsibilities of the author/presenter.


7.  Poster size preferred 4’ X 4’, others sizes accepted if no larger than 4’ wide.


8.  Each poster presenter will receive a certificate of participation following the presentations. The following awards will be presented during the Annual Conference:


    1. Best Practice Poster Winner

    2. Most Creative Appearance

    3. Most Innovative Idea

    4. Best Evidence-Based

    5. The Best of Las Vegas

    6. Resident Poster Champion: Tomorrow's Top Gun

On behalf of the Education Committee, I look forward to receiving your Best Practice Summary. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Deb Myers at deb@traumacenters,org or (704) 360-4665.


Sincerely yours,


Cecile D’Huyvetter, MSN

Chair, Education Committee

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