MTA National Report 2021 Key Findings

Key Findings
MTA data coverage was 76% in 2021, reporting on 22 out of the 26 participating hospitals.
The average age of major trauma patients was 62 years of age.
The percentage of major trauma patients injured in low falls (from less than two metres) remains high, at 62%.
The majority (55%) of all major trauma injuries occurred at home.
The percentage of road trauma is at 16%, which is an increase from 15% in 2020.
The pre-alert rate to receiving emergency departments, as documented by the National Ambulance Service (NAS), was low, at 13%.
The overall percentage of major trauma patients received by a trauma team remains low, at 8%.
As patients get older, they are less likely to be: • pre-alerted, at 7% of 75–84 year olds versus 32% of 15–24 year olds; • met by a trauma team, at 3% of 75–84 year old versus 21% of 15–24 year olds; • received by a senior clinician, at 17% of 75–84 year old versus 31% of 15–24 year olds.
There was an increase in the proportion of major trauma patients who died from falls. • Of those who died from falls, the proportion who died from a fall of less than two metres continues to increase. • The percentage of those who died from falls of more than two metres decreased from 16% in 2020 to 9% in 2021.
Of the 161 patients sustaining major trauma who required a computed tomography (CT) head scan (having head injuries and an initial Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) of <13) in 2021, 50% (n=81) received it within one hour or less; this was an increase from 43% in 2020 (NOCA, 2022).
In 2021, 21% of major trauma patients were transferred at least once to another hospital for further care, an increase from 18% in 2020 (NOCA, 2022).
The proportion of patients who received rehabilitation in an inpatient rehabilitation facility has declined from 10% in 2020 (NOCA, 2022) to 7% in 2021.
This report also includes a number of high-level key findings relating to blood transfusions.