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Website for NHS trauma care

29th August 2007

A new website has been launched to help hospitals compare their performance in trauma care against other trusts.

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The site has been developed by the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN) and will help hospitals collect and evaluate data in treatment of serious injuries such as head and chest injuries and broken limbs.

TARN was founded by the University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. The website, www.tarn.ac.uk has been developed over the past three years and is now available for the public to view.

It contains detailed reviews of performance and data breakdowns into the different aspects of trauma care.

Executive director Maralyn Woodford said TARN works with 50% of trusts in analysing trauma care data and consulted them all for agreement to publish this online.

“There is a great deal of variability between the trusts we audit now and what we hope is by seeing their data online and comparing it against their peers, doctors and managers will feel more obliged to review their trauma care procedures, and ensure they are doing equally as well as some of their colleagues,? she said.

“It’s important to remember that patients do not get a choice over trauma care, they just have to go wherever is nearest to the incident. As such an unplanned area, trusts have to be prepared to deal with these cases immediately and aim to save lives.?

The website has been approved by the Healthcare Commission. Traumatic injuries are the biggest cause of death and disability in people under 44 in the UK.

 

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Article Information

Title: Website for NHS trauma care
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 3916
Date Added: 29th Aug 2007

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