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Tyler Brignac Recognized as "Future 40 Under 40" Professional to Watch

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  • Written By: Melanie Zaffuto
Trauma Program Manager Tyler Brignac was recently recognized by The Daily Star as a “Future 40 Under 40” professional to watch.

Trauma Program Manager Tyler Brignac

Brignac joined North Oaks Health System as Trauma Performance Improvement/Outreach Coordinator in April 2015. He was promoted to North Oaks Trauma Program Manager in May 2016. In this capacity, he is directly responsible for the administration of North Oaks Medical Center’s verified Level II Trauma Center.

Education and community outreach are an important part of the trauma program. Sudden Impact is an education program that targets teen drivers to help prevent fatalities and injuries from impaired, distracted and/or unrestrained driving. Under Brignac's guidance, North Oaks Medical Center partners with the Louisiana State Police, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, University Medical Center, Louisiana State Troopers Foundation and others to offer this important program to local high schools.

Brignac is very passionate about helping to train first responders and members of the public to help save lives. No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders are often first on the scene. A person who has suffered a trauma and is bleeding can die from blood loss within 5 minutes; therefore, it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Utilizing the teaching tools and resources of the national “Stop the Bleed” program, Brignac and his team are in demand conducting trainings on the proper methods for applying tourniquets and packing wounds to help give trauma victims a fighting chance and buy time to transport them to a hospital to receive treatment.

Brignac also is involved in the planning of North Oaks’ annual “Play it Safe” event, which is entering its fifth year and provides sports, home and vehicle safety information to more than 500 children and their families through games, demonstrations and other interactive activities.

He helps orchestrate an annual Trauma Symposium, which is now entering its third year and provides continuing education to physicians, nurses and first responders on treating trauma patients. Topics have included: obstetrics trauma, boating safety, brain hemorrhages and pelvic trauma. Participation from an average of nearly 200 attendees annually is overwhelmingly positive.

As the hospital’s liaison to the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, Brignac is an integral part of the team that plans our annual flag ceremony held to recognize donors and their loved ones, as well as the dedication and commitment of our Emergency Services, Surgical Services, Shock Trauma, and Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Unit teams. He also helps to orchestrate a butterfly release to honor the silent hero donors and their families and helps to promote organ donation across the community through presentations at civic organizations and through media appearances.

Says Terri Lewis, Vice President of Surgical and Emergency Services, “Tyler is the hub of the trauma program. Trauma patients are unique in that they often need complex, coordinated care from multiple hospital departments – and Tyler has excelled at developing relationships with all of these care teams. The greatest compliment I can give is to say he’s a great nurse, who is dedicated to his patients, his profession and the trauma program. We are thrilled to have him on our team.”