Registry Spotlight: Trauma Registry


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This month’s registry spotlight is on Trauma Registry. There are many organizations that support the efforts of Trauma Registries, including The American College of Surgeons, the American Trauma Society, and the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM).

Registry Partners’ Trauma Services team can assist facilities and institutions nationwide with their Trauma Registry data collection efforts. Serving as a complete outsource solution or augmenting the facility’s current data collection team; we ensure high quality, timely and accurate data collection and submission.  

Read on to learn more about Trauma Registry.

What is the Purpose of a Trauma Registry?

Trauma registries are patient databases to document acute care delivered to patients who have been hospitalized for various trauma-related injuries (i.e. motor vehicle accident, gunshot wound, etc). The data being collected in a Trauma Registry is used to improve the efficiency and quality of trauma care being provided to patients.

What are the Benefits of Participating in a Trauma Registry?

Hospitals choosing to participate in the American College of Surgeons, Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP), can appreciate the following benefits, according to the ACS website:

  • Standards that define the structures and processes of care
  • Measuring patient outcomes through risk-adjusted benchmarking
  • Promoting best practices
  • Adhering to performance improvement principles
  • Access to hospital benchmark reports, data quality reports and research data sets through the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) – the largest aggregation of U.S. trauma registry data and one of the leading performance improvement tools of trauma care.

Even for hospitals not participating in TQIP, a trauma registry offers vast benefits to the facility and its trauma program both internally as well as nationally:

  • Serves as a database where specific data can be evaluated, trended, and linked to outcomes, contributing to process improvement (an essential requirement for trauma centers)
  • Can be used to integrate financial data with care delivery to project resource utilization
  • Assists in supplying data related to provider credentialing
  • Provides information support for accreditation, verification, and designation processes
  • Provides targeted data for more effective community outreach and education on injury prevention

What tools are used in the Data Collection process for Trauma Registry?

The following resources/tools are available to define and describe the data collection requirements for collecting Trauma Data:

  • State/Local Data Dictionaries
  • AAAM Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) Manual
  • ICD 10 Coding Manual
  • ICD 10 Procedure Classification System
  • American College of Surgeons – National Trauma Data Standards

The National Trauma Data Standards manual helps standardize trauma registry data collection nationwide and ultimately helps to improve patient care. According to the American College of Surgeons, “The National Trauma Data Standards (NTDS), should be collected by all hospitals and submitted to the National Trauma Data Base”. The NTDB is a national repository of trauma data from hospitals across the U.S. Additionally, each hospital can collect other data elements that they believe are important to patient care in their institution.

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