Achievements

NSW Institute of Trauma and Injury Management (ITIM) has had many achievements since its inception in 2002.     

  • Significant progress has been made since 2002 to support ongoing trauma patient care within the NSW trauma system. This has included appropriate monitoring and review of patient outcomes.
  • Initiatives have also been put in place to support clinicians to carry out their roles in a difficult area of practice.
  • Appointment or upgrading of thirty one positions within the Metropolitan Major and Regional Trauma Services including Trauma Directors, Trauma Nurse Coordinators, Area Trauma Nurse Coordinators and Data Managers since 2002.
  • Establishment of the NSW Trauma Registry of Serious to Critical Injuries and publication of the associated annual reports.
  • Development and completion of four specific Trauma Clinical Practice Guidelines and distribution across NSW Area Health Services in 2007 (2011 2nd Edition Closed Head Injury Guideline completed).
  • NSW ITIM Committees/Working Groups established and operational, addressing issues which impact on patient care and related state trauma system functioning.
  • Specialised trauma education programs, seminars and clinical workshops conducted in metropolitan and rural NSW for doctors, nurses, ambulance officers and allied health clinicians (over 5000 attendees 2005-2010).
  • Partnerships established with Ambulance Service of NSW (ASNSW) through the appointment of Trauma Ambulance Clinical Support Officers (NSW ITIM pilot project) to monitor, provide feedback and trauma education in the pre hospital environment (recurrently funded by the ASNSW since 2010).
  • Hospital and Area Trauma Committees set up within Area Health Services chaired by appointed Trauma Directors.
  • Trauma research undertaken with The George Institute, The University of Sydney, The University of NSW, Motor Accidents Authority, Area Health Services and others to review trauma system capabilities including injury prevention strategies for communities at risk of injury.
  • Development and establishment of the NSW ITIM website.
  • Funding of the external review of Trauma Services through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons verification consultation process.
  • Ambulance Rapid Launch Trauma Coordinator pilot funding by NSW ITIM (now recurrently funded by ASNSW)
  • Establishment of the first Rural Trauma Clinical Nurse Consultant role as an NSW ITIM pilot program (2007-2010) in the New England sector of the Hunter New England Area Health Service.
  • Rural Trauma Nurse Clinical Consultants, Data Managers and Trauma Directors now recurrently funded by NSW Health at the Rural Regional Trauma Services and introduced in the 2009 – 2010 NSW Health Budget
  • Establishment of the web based Collector Trauma Data Registry across NSW
  • Accredited training and updating of all NSW injury coders with Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS).
  • Coordination and support of over 40 Trauma Education events with over 6,000 attendees from across NSW.

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