The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD launched the first Major Trauma Audit National Report 2014-2015. The launch coincides with the endorsement of Major Trauma Audit (MTA) as the first national clinical audit from the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee (NCEC). The NCEC provides a mechanism of endorsement of clinical audit mandated by the Minister for Health.
NOCA announced the Major Trauma Audit National Report 2014-2015 at the National Patient Safety/Clinical Effectiveness Conference held in Dublin Castle. The MTA National Report focuses specifically on the most severely injured patients in the Irish healthcare system. It presents findings from MTA in 2014 and 2015, and examines data from a total of 6185 patients. This report is the first report published by MTA and includes 24 trauma receiving hospitals which commenced at staggered periods over 2014/2015.
- MTA highlights a high incidence of older patients sustaining major trauma – 40% of patients were 65 years of age or older, 75% of which sustained a fall less than 2 metres.
- Fifty-four (54%) of major trauma patients were between the ages of 16-64 years. This group accounts for the largest proportion of patients suffering major trauma and results in a high cost burden to the healthcare system and to society.
- Thirty percent (30%) of patients had to be transferred to another hospital for on-going care as their care needs could not be provided by the initial receiving hospital.
- Fifty-eight percent (58%) of patients arrived to the Emergency Department between 4pm-8am.
- Thirty-five percent (35%) of major trauma patients had multiple injuries.
Copies of the report are available here
Major Trauma Audit was launched at the 1st National Patient Safety Office Conference as the 1st NCEC National Clinical Audit. The National Clinical Effectiveness Commitee (NCEC) endorsement document can be found here.
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