Every day in hospitals across the country, someone who has suffered a trauma is taken to the emergency room.
What healthcare professionals do in those moments can mean the difference between life and death. But the future treatment of those patients can depend on the depth and accuracy of the information collected during their trauma care.
That’s where a trauma registrar director comes in.
Trauma registrars have the responsibility of collecting and verifying data about admitted trauma patients, from the treatment they received in the emergency room to any chronic health issues they have. They then must properly code and enter the information into an electronic healthcare records database.
It’s a key job in a hospital. It’s also important to have skilled, dedicated people to oversee a hospital’s trauma registrar service. That’s why both jobs are in demand.
What Does A Trauma Registrar Director Do?
A director or manager of a trauma registrar service in a hospital has the important task of ensuring the proper collection, classification and storage of patient information in a database. In a busy hospital with new patients admitted daily, this can be a complex job.
Directors oversee trauma registrars, providing leadership and guidance. They also ensure that all trauma registrar standards in a hospital meet the latest government and industry regulations.
They may also track patient results to ensure the best possible outcomes.
Working with others also is a key component to the job. For example, a trauma registrar director works with the nurse coordinator in a trauma unit to make sure the patient database is up-to-date. They also take the lead on performance reviews and oversee the trauma service budget.
Job Growth and Salary
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not break out trauma registrars specifically. However, the federal agency projects that jobs for those in medical records and healthcare information systems will grow 13 percent by 2026, far faster than the average for all professions.
According to PayScale, annual pay for trauma registrars as of February 2018 ranged from about $29,000 to as much as $56,000, depending on the exact requirements of the job as well as the location. The national average is $38,000.
The job a trauma registrar director services in a hospital also are not specifically analyzed by the BLS. However, the BLS projects a 20 percent increase in the number of hospital managers overall.
Trauma registry is a growing field in healthcare. Therefore, those who work in a director’s position will be in demand as the field grows. For those interested in a job in the field, a healthcare recruiting agency such as Samstaff can help them find the one that best fits their needs.