Major Trauma Audit
Major Trauma Audit (MTA) is a patient safety initiative that aims to increase quality assurance and improvement initiatives in the area of patient trauma care, through the delivery of high-quality data. The ongoing care and outcome of critically ill patients requires a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, coordinated and integrated system approach — underpinning that approach is quality assurance enabled by quality data gathering.
The Major Trauma Audit (MTA) is a clinically led audit established by the National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA) in 2013. This audit focuses on the care of the more severely injured trauma patients in our healthcare system.
This report focuses on a period of time when Ireland’s health service underwent unprecedented challenges due to the global COVID-19 pandemic which began in 2020. It provides insights into how changes in the health system during this time affected the profile of major trauma and the standard of care for major trauma patient
My name is Richard Murray. In July 2021, I suffered a spinal injury while on holiday in County Clare. I’m still in the early days of being a patient and public interest representative for the Major Trauma Audit (MTA), but I hope to contribute positively in terms of how patients are represented and how the public understand the reports, by providing a patient’s perspective. I have benefitted from engaging with the MTA and other entities such as Spinal Injuries Ireland and the Irish Wheelchair Association, as well as my local gym, which has other wheelchair users. I live in a new estate, where everyday I see men almost exclusively around my age (36), but none of them have experienced what I have. So participating and sharing my story with others has helped with the isolation that a spinal injury causes. I hope to encourage others I encounter to see the benefits of engaging with those who actually do have knowledge and a desire to help.
Richard Murray — PPI Representative, MTA Governance Committee