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Revista Colombiana de Cirugía

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ORDONEZ, Carlos A et al. Experience with the implementation of the International Trauma Registry System at two tertiary care level hospitals in the Southwestern region of Colombia. rev. colomb. cir. [online]. 2013, vol.28, n.1, pp.39-47. ISSN 2011-7582.

Introduction: The importance of the Trauma Registry System is recognized worldwide. The available TRS in Latin America are unreliable and have no continuity. The International Trauma Registry of the Panamerican Trauma Society – International Trauma System Developing Program (ITSDP) is the first one to be implemented in Colombia. Objective: To describe the experience with the implementation of a TRS at two third level of care hospitals (equivalent to complexity level I in the United States) in Cali, Colombia, in the period January 6 to July 31, 2012. Method: TRS includes prehospital, hospital, and discharge status in real-time. Each hospital has its own electronic data capture strategy. A seven-month period pilot trial descriptive analysis is presented. Results: 9,080 patients were registered, 67,1% were male; mean age was 30,2 ± 20 years, 68,0% older than 18 years; 24.5% were hospitalized, of which 300 (13,5%) required ICU. Regarding severity of trauma, 5,6% of patients had ISS ≥ 15. Overall mortality rate was 3,0%. Conclusion: Implementation of the SRT was feasible and allowed the identification the cause of presentation, morbidity, and mortality rates. This improves research on trauma better direction of the emergency and trauma services.

Keywords : trauma centers; trauma severity indices; injury severity score; electronic health records.

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