Trauma Registrar

Keep records of a hospital’s trauma cases and treatments.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $53,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Trauma Registrars do?

In a medical emergency, an entire team of Paramedics, Doctors, Nurses, Anesthesiologists, and Pharmacists spring into action and deliver a whole slew of treatments to save the patient’s life. When the smoke clears and the emergency has passed, these people may not even remember what they did, meaning that if the same case walked through the door tomorrow, no one would know the right way to proceed.

That’s where the Trauma Registrar comes in. A Trauma Registrar maintains a detailed database that helps the team members keep track of their actions, and all medical professionals provide better care.

As a Trauma Registrar, you begin your workday by looking through the medical notes of patients admitted to your facility. Details about each patient’s age, ethnicity, medication use, and medical background are easy to find, but notes about what were done to treat the issue may be more difficult to understand. Complex cases require you to interview the people providing care, figuring out what they did and why they did it.

As the patient continues to heal, you continue to monitor the case. You record other treatments and how well the person responds to them.

Everything you find is coded into a complex computer system. This system represents your entire output, so you’re incredibly careful to make sure it is protected and kept secure. Partnering closely with your company’s IT department is a must.

Periodically, you generate reports about the cases your facility has treated for use by the Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator and the Medical Director. In some of these reports, you compare your facility’s performance with national standards, helping your team improve the care it provides.

Should I be a Trauma Registrar?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Trauma Registrar

    Most Trauma Registrars have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9siaaa&chl=no+college+%2870%25%29|certificate+%2821%25%29|associate%27s+%2810%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,70,70
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