The Australasian Trauma Verification Program is a multi-disciplinary inter-collegiate process, developed through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), to assist hospitals to analyse their systems of trauma care. Trauma verification covers all phases of acute care from pre-hospital through to discharge.1
NSW Trauma Verification Program
Trauma verification is an integral component of the implementation of the NSW Trauma Services Model of Care. In a landmark agreement between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Institute of Trauma and Injury Management and the NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), will help advance the trauma care patients receive, and provide an opportunity for NSW to become a national leader in the management of trauma care.
Under the agreement, all trauma centres managing injured patients in NSW will participate in the Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) trauma verification process over the next three years (2021-2023).
Components of the verification program
Formal trauma verification visit
A team of five experienced reviewers conducts the site review for a Formal Trauma Verification visit and a two-three member team is required for a Consultation visit. The team is multidisciplinary, reflecting the broad range of clinical care required by the multiply injured patient. The team reviews the pre-review questionnaire with the key trauma service personnel on the evening prior to the visit, undertakes a detailed tour of the facility, meets key clinicians and hospital management and conducts medical chart reviews to verify the quality of trauma care being provided.3
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. "Trauma verification". http://www.surgeons.org/racs/fellows/interest-groups-and-sections/trauma/trauma-verification. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
- NSW Department of Health (2009). Selected Specialty and Statewide Service Plans: NSW Trauma Services. Sydney: NSW Department of Health. pp. 48.
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (2009). The Australasian Trauma Verification Program Manual. Melbourne: RACS.