Trauma System Development
Trauma systems provide care for people sustaining injuries from road traffic collisions, falls from height or workplace accidents. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines a well functioning trauma system as being made up of eight key elements across the continuum of care. These are leadership, professional resources, education and advocacy, information, finances, research, technology, disaster preparedness and response.
We work with our partners in the DRC to improve institutional management in the four main hospitals in the province, by providing leadership training and supporting the development of management systems and processes, such as medical record keeping and improving patient flow.
Trauma registry at the Hôpital Provincial de Référence de Kinkanda, Matadi
After key stakeholder consultation and engagement (including clinicians of all cadres, hospital management and the provincial Ministry of Health) King’s Global Health Partnerships helped to introduce a trauma registry in the hospital. Francophone registries were piloted over a period of three months, and following modifications, prospective recording of trauma patients commenced at the hospital with an initial 276 cases recorded, an average of 25 cases per month.
Teamwork, audit and Quality Improvement (QI) metholodogy
A programme of audit and quality improvement (QI) training and mentorship for the four main hospitals in the province was started in 2018, alongside our Safe Surgery programme of work. We run workshops, including train the trainers, covering principles of team work, audit and QI methodology. We have also supported newly formed QI committees at each site and provided support for service improvement initiatives.