High in the mountains of Colorado, a crew of unsuspecting docs stumble upon the EMS scene of a head-on collision after an arduous mountain bike ride. Trauma is a Journey is a four part rural trauma mini series that recounts this tale as this group springs into action to assist the EMS crews dealing with two critical patients. Elizabeth Esty hosts a panel discussion with the key players: Dr. Dylan Luyten, Dr. JP Brewer, Dr. Madison Macht, Dr. Glenda Quan and Jeremiah Grantham as this story unfolds.
This final episode explores how addressing psychological and emotional trauma is the final step in a patient’s journey once their physical illnesses have been addressed. The group discusses how this can take time and how they support patients through these tough journeys. Dr. Luyten brings everything full circle as he recounts his own story of being a patient in a rural car crash and how that experience affected him and ultimately set him on a path to become an ER physician. This episode also emphasizes the need for healthcare professionals to support each other through debriefs to prevent burnout and remain resilient themselves when providing care.