Ten “Tips and Tricks” to Provide Trauma Care Without Residents

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The utilization of medical students, residents, and fellows within the orthopaedic trauma team helps alleviate workload demands. However, many nonacademic hospitals lack these clinical resources. Therefore, orthopaedic trauma surgeons often must be creative in developing alternative methods to better manage time, staff, and patients. Incorporating midlevel providers and maximizing surgical technician assistance are favorable for both the hospital and the patient. In addition, using currently available medical devices in unique and innovative ways can help simplify patient procedures and optimize care. The purpose of this article is to detail precise tips and tricks for overcoming challenges observed during orthopaedic trauma cases when residents are unavailable.

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