Dr. Judson Wood: Our Trauma Center’s Go-To Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Judson Wood: Our Trauma Center’s Go-To Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Judson Wood, a Methodist Physician Group orthopedic surgeon, is also the Orthopedic Liaison to the trauma program, where he helps develop orthopedic care policies and protocols for traumatically injured patients. These protocols include the timeliness of surgery, antibiotic requirements, pre- and post-op care, and discharge planning.

The Trauma Program also includes liaisons representing Nursing, Blood Bank, EMS, Radiology, ICU, Quality, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Surgery, and Anesthesia.

“Our liaisons serve on multidisciplinary peer review and quality committees,” said Trauma Program Coordinator, Jennifer Mullen, RN. “Dr. Wood is our ‘go-to guy’ for any questions about orthopedic care.”

According to Dr. Wood, the key function of a liaison is communication.

“We all work in concert through meetings and day-to-day interaction,” he said. “We find things we can do better and make changes where needed. It essentially boils down to being prepared for patients and doing what’s necessary to deliver the best care.”

Having completed a trauma fellowship in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Wood describes trauma as his “first love.”

“He likes to take on difficult cases,” Mullen said. “Because of the high volume of penetrating injuries at our Northlake Campus, we see a lot of complex orthopedic cases.”

Methodist’s Northlake Campus is designated by the state as an “in the process” Level III trauma center. A Level III center is able to stabilize and provide initial treatment to the sickest, most critically injured patients.

The Northlake Campus received its trauma consultation visit from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma in October.

“We expect to have our verification visit in 2017, which is the final step to becoming an ACS trauma center,” Mullen said. “As the process evolves and matures we further improve and build our program,” Jennifer said.

Since becoming an in-process Level III trauma center, the Northlake Campus has seen a substantial increase in patients being transported from beyond the Methodist Hospitals service area.

“Patients can rest assured they’re going to get the best treatment. Our procedures are in full compliance with rigorous national standards,” Dr. Wood said. “It’s an honor to provide this service to our immediate community and to those around us. We strive to do the best we can.” Judson Wood, MD, is a board-certified, Methodist Physician Group orthopedic surgeon.

Jennifer Mullen, RN, CEN, TCRN, is Methodist Hospitals’ Trauma Program Coordinator.

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