National Quality Registry for Trauma
Registry category: Emergency healthcare
Certification level: 3
Central personal data controller (CPUA): Region Blekinge
Trauma – severe injury caused by external violence – is the main cause of death during the first four decades of life in most developed countries. For each fatality due to trauma, three persons suffer disabling injuries. Trauma causes great suffering, significant disability and thus also high costs.
The aims of the registry are:
- to monitor the continuum of care for trauma patients to identify weaknesses and strengths regarding patient categories, hospital service areas and individual hospitals
- to focus on inpatient treatment of severe trauma
- to include a pre-hospital component and have a post-hospital perspective including rehabilitation and final treatment outcome
- to have nationwide coverage
- to openly report outcome measures and quality indicators – important dimensions of patient safety
- to provide data for clinical research and advanced studies
The main process-outcome measures consist of survival with regard to degree of injury (“case mix”), reported per hospital. At discharge, disability is also measured using the internationally established Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS). Long-term monitoring will be added at a later stage.
One year after its start on 4 September 2012, about 30 of 35 anticipated user hospitals had registered, with about 60 users. The first year’s activities were reported at “Swedish Surgery Week” in Linköping in August 2012. A special website has been created, www.swetrau.se. Anticipated improvements through detailed knowledge concerning the scope and outcomes in trauma care will enable the identification of injury types and care units where there is potential for improvement.
Find contact information on the registry’s website.