What is a trauma registry? It is a data collection system that includes a file of uniform data elements that describe the injury event, demographics, prehospital information, care, outcomes, and costs of treatment for injured patients.
What is the purpose of trauma registry? The purpose is to mine the data for what it can tell us – registry data can be coded, compiled, analyzed, and reported. A trauma registry is an important management tool that is used for performance management and improvement, research, and injury prevention.
Individual trauma centers that are verified by the Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons (COT ACS) must develop and maintain their own trauma registries and submit their data to the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB). In Louisiana, hospitals must successfully complete the COT ACS verification process as a condition of state certification as a trauma center.
Louisiana’s statewide trauma registry was authorized by the Louisiana Legislature in 2010. The legislation charges the LERN Board to “establish and maintain a statewide trauma registry to collect and analyze data on the incidence, severity, and causes of trauma, including traumatic brain injury. The registry shall be used to improve the availability and delivery of prehospital or out-of-hospital care and hospital trauma care services.”
LERN has acquired information technology necessary to support a statewide trauma registry. The technology vendor is ImageTrend and the registry technologies acquired by LERN are EMS State Bridge and Patient Registry. Click on the product names to learn more about the capabilities of these registry products.
LERN is currenlty working to implement a Statewide Trauma Registry. Below are links to the data dictionaries that outline reporting requirements for the hospital patient registry as well as the EMS patient registry.