Belgian Health Care Knowledge Center (KCE) has issued report about organizational framework and evidence base for major trauma. Analysis is focused on Belgium, although organizational systems in England, Germany and the Netherlands were reviewed as well.
The study provides a second analysis of the organisation of emergency departments, this time with a focus on major trauma. The previous Ministry (Laurette Onkelinkx) along with scientific organisations working in the field of trauma (Belgian society of emergency and disaster medicine (BeSEDiM), Belgian Trauma Society (BTS), Belgian Orthopaedic Trauma Association (BOTA) and Trauma Task Force (TTF)) asked the KCE to conduct this study. The research questions addressed were:
- How is the care for major trauma patients organised in Belgium?
- What is the organisational framework of MTCs in European countries and what lessons can be learned from their implementation process?
- What is the evidence about the effectiveness of a major trauma centre (MTC) on mortality (up to 30 days after discharge), length of hospital stay and length of ICU stay?
Report is available in English language here.