Melbourne/New Delhi: Over 1.4 million lives are lost in road accidents in India every year, and for every death, many more are severely injured or permanently disabled. Trauma care scientists in India and Australia, working jointly for the past four years, are confident these numbers can be reduced substantially through simple steps like better data collection and notifying hospitals before patients arrive.
While it is critical to enforce road safety norms, improve road engineering design and implement ban on alcohol sale on highways, improving quality of trauma care can go a long way in saving lives not just due to road accidents but also other types of traumatic events.
Significant steps towards this have already been taken and are promising good results. India’s first multi-centre trauma registry has gone live a few weeks back and this experience would pave the way for developing a national trauma registry.
A registry is not just registration of injured coming to trauma centres or ‘injury surveillance’, but a database containing full spectrum of care for every patient. Over a period of time, such data can reveal how trauma centres are responding to the injured and how they can improve quality of care to save lives.