Kudos to our EMS and Trauma System team for forging some new tools to improve trauma care in AZ. Our Data and Quality Assurance team developed an innovative benchmarking tool that’s shared with each of AZ’s trauma centers. The tool shows each facility their injury specific survival rates and compares those rates to the (blinded) other centers. The report provides a balanced approach that gives good information in a non-threatening manner, yet kindles the competitive spirit of the healthcare field to improve care for Arizonans. Here is a copy of the aggregate report.
Our Trauma team has also been busy adding a technical assistance focus to their website. Over the past couple of years they’ve been working with rural hospitals across the State to bring them into our trauma system, including migrating the documentation required for trauma center designation and site reviews into an electronic format. This will assist the trauma surgeons and trauma managers that are on the site review teams that visit these rural hospitals.