Tristate Trauma Coalition celebrates 10 years of registry data at The Health Collaborative

May 2017 marks the 10-year anniversary of our staffing and management of the Tristate Trauma Coalition (TSTC) Registry.

The TSTC Registry maintains demographic, clinical and outcome data that can be used to improve trauma care in the region. The Health Collaborative collects, validates and analyzes this trauma and injury data from participating hospitals in the region.

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Kelly Harrison, Manager of Regional Trauma Services at The Health Collaborative, spoke with us about the value-add offered to members of the TSTC through data collection and reporting, and the importance of consistent and correct data. “Data validation is key,” she said. “It allows for facilities to learn data abstraction and entry procedures by using a consistent process and having comparable data to benchmark with others.”

So, what have we been up to in May to celebrate? We started by kicking off the month with a shout-out to the coalition and recognizing the beginning of National Trauma Awareness Month on May 1. On May 4, trauma nurses brushed up their skills and beefed up their knowledge at our Trauma Nursing Core Course, followed by Advanced Trauma Life Support on May 9. Later, on May 17, staff from The Health Collaborative proudly showed their support for trauma survivors and their caregivers on National Trauma Survivors Day; and this week, on May 24, registry staff from across the region will gather for additional continuing education.

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The Health Collaborative staff shows support for trauma survivors and their caregivers on National Trauma Survivors Day

Throughout all of this activity, we’ve been talking to some of our coalition members to find out why they value The Health Collaborative’s TSTC services and support, such as the Tristate Trauma Registry Annual Report and the continuing education opportunities available to them as members of the TSTC. We were also curious about whether they find the best practices and data analysis they receive from the Trauma Data Registry to be helpful in their day-to-day work. Here’s what some of them had to say:

“Regional trauma registry data is a valuable resource and a foundation for all that we do.  Obtaining applicable data allows us to develop injury prevention strategies for the region, which benefits kids and their families. In addition, injury pattern data which is derived from the trauma registry provides a basis for vital injury research.” 

– Lynn Haas RN, MSN, CNP, Trauma Program Manager,
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (pediatric level 1 trauma facility)

“At Atrium Medical Center, which is a Level III trauma center, nearly 800 patients a year come through our doors to receive care for their traumatic injuries. Because we work with the Trauma Coalition to assure ongoing performance improvement efforts, we know we are optimally prepared to provide them with the best possible treatment and support them through recovery. The ability to track trends and share best practices with other trauma facilities is a win-win for providers, patients, and community partners in healthcare.”

– Daniel Butler MD, Trauma Medical Director,
Atrium Medical Center

In addition to celebrating our 10-year TSTC Registry anniversary and promoting the region’s trauma resources, we’ve also been promoting the “Stop the Bleed” campaign to spread awareness and potentially help save lives. Stop the Bleed is the theme for this year’s National Trauma Awareness month, developed by in partnership with The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), and several other national agencies. is an initiative of the American College of Surgeons, the Committee on Trauma, and the Hartford Consensus™.

As part of Stop the Bleed, these groups and their affiliates advocate for public education on bleeding control techniques, as well as placing trauma kits containing items such as gauze, gloves, and tourniquets in public places, much like AEDs (automated external defibrillators) are now widely available. We recently spoke with some local Stop the Bleed champions from our own community about why it’s an important development for public awareness:

“There are times when EMS responders may not be able to get to patients in a timely manner due to safety issues at the scene,” says Troy Bonfield, Captain of Training and Safety at the West Chester Fire Department’s Risk Management Bureau. “Having trained people in the community that know basic techniques to control bleeding can potentially save a life, in case we are delayed in responding to the patient’s location.”

Christopher Janowak, MD, Critical Care Specialist at the UC College of Medicine’s Surgery Trauma & Critical Care division, related the urgency to global and local current events: “We live in a world where terrorism, the actions of unstable people, and the dangerous impulses of friends and relatives are very real and becoming increasingly more frequent,” he said. “As we have learned from the recent Cameo nightclub shooting, our community is not immune to these events.”

Dr. Janowak continued, “Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an active shooter or explosive event, or when emergency services response is delayed, can result in death. Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding, sometimes within 5 to 10 minutes. Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, the public must learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets. Anyone at the scene can act as immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do. Through this campaign we hope to deliver better, safer and smarter care furthering the leadership in the Cincinnati community in line with the core values of UC Health.”

Harrison shares her pride in managing and supporting these critical trauma training and data collection functions for the coalition: “Each year the Tristate Trauma Coalition strives to improve patient care and data collection throughout the region,” she said. “It has been a rewarding experience to be a part of the positive impact made over the years.”

“Facilities that participate in a regional registry receive many benefits,” Harrison continued, but she acknowledged that, ultimately, it’s about saving lives and minimizing the impact of traumatic injuries. “Celebrating this 10-year anniversary gives us the opportunity to reflect on our life-saving accomplishments over the years, including fall prevention awareness, data validity, increased participation from hospitals, and multiple educational opportunities.”

What does the future hold for the TSTC Tristate Trauma Registry? “As the region continues work with the state of Ohio and other regional trauma systems, we have the opportunity to standardize best practices and regional reporting,” Harrison said. “Moving forward we will continue to work on our data validity, EMS data collection, and improving patient outcomes. I’m excited to see all the great things we will accomplish in the next 10 years!”

Throughout the month of May, we’ve been celebrating the TSTC with our members and spreading the word through social media. We’ll continue to shine a spotlight on trauma response activities through the remainder of the year.

We thank and celebrate each member of the TSTC for their service and diligence in bringing the highest-quality trauma care to the people of our region.

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