9 tips for running an effective trauma PIPS program


How do you run a trauma performance improvement and patient safety (PIPS) program? Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient spells out detailed program requirements, and other resources provide a good theoretical framework for managing the PIPS process. But according to Michael McGonigal, MD, bridging the gap between theory and practice can be a challenge.

“Trauma PI is pretty complicated,” Dr. McGonigal said. “You can go to Chapter 16 in the Orange Book and it will lay out all the ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts,’ but there are still a lot of practical nuts and bolts that you need to know about PI if you are going to do it well.”

Dr. McGonigal is the director of trauma services at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. He is also the author of The Trauma Professional’s Blog, which provides injury care education to thousands of trauma providers worldwide.

As a site reviewer for the American College of Surgeons, Dr. McGonigal has evaluated PIPS programs across the U.S. He recently shared nine practical ideas for running an effective trauma performance improvement program:

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