OGDEN — Tina Draney has always been told that she has a caring nature, so it’s no surprise that she eventually got into the nursing field.
When she began her career at Ogden Regional Medical Center 25 years ago, Draney said she quickly recognized that she had an appeal for the most critical patients.
“I guess I had an adrenaline-junkie side while still maintaining my compassionate side,” she said.
Draney said she was taken under the wings of very special critical care nurses who trained her to retrieve open-hearted patients and care for the seriously injured.
Draney was recently named the new director of the trauma department at Ogden Regional Medical Center. She said caring for a mother and daughter four years ago made her realize that trauma was where her career path needed to continue. Her new role is to ensure the hospital provides the best possible care for its patients, and she said she is always looking for ways to improve processes for the next patient and deliver the best outcomes.
“At Ogden Regional Medical Center, we see a wide range of injured patients due to several types of injury-related accidents,” Draney said. “From motor vehicle accidents, falls from ladders, trees, roofs, trips, to extreme sports injuries such as motocross accidents, skiing and snowboarding injuries, mountain biking accidents, patients injured by livestock, people thrown or struck by horses, to the occasional stab wounds and gunshot wounds.
Draney said some very unusual accidents also end up being treated in the trauma department. She remembers a patient who was on their horse farm when the horse pushed them away and they were then trampled by a cow who was protecting her calf.
“It caused a critical abdominal injury with severe internal bleeding,” she said. “Another unusual accident occurred during one of our most recent windstorms. We had a patient clearing debris in his yard after the storm and a very large tree fell and hit him in the head and chest, causing serious chest injuries. It was definitely a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Other traumatic injuries commonly seen are broken femurs, lacerated ribs, liver and spleen, skull fractures and bleeding in the brain.
“When a patient is brought to the ER, they go to a dedicated trauma room that has specialized equipment stocked and ready to go into the trauma bay,” Draney said, “chest tubes for collapsed lungs , rapid blood transfusion, specialized traction from devices for fractures to emergency airway management equipment for patients with difficulty breathing.
Draney said when a patient is brought in by ambulance or helicopter, the trauma department receives a pre-notification call telling them what type of injury they will be facing so they can have all the right specialists on board while they wait. their arrival.
Although many accidents are unavoidable, Draney said that as the new director of trauma, she hopes to educate people on ways to avoid ending up in the hospital.
“Wearing seat belts and helmets will help save your life. I also encourage everyone, but especially the elderly, to do a household hazard safety check, looking for any tripping, slipping or falling hazards in or around your home, such as clutter, cords and rugs,” she said.
Draney said she loves her job and loves being a nurse.
“One of my favorite things is seeing a badly injured patient make a full recovery,” she said.