Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has officially launched the Qatar Trauma Registry, the first and only national trauma registry in the Arab world. Through the Qatar Trauma Registry, clinicians and other public health officials will have the data needed to make better decisions toward reducing trauma incidents in the country.
The Qatar Trauma Registry, which builds upon HMC’s trauma registry, was initiated in January 2017 with the endorsement of Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health: “Our vision for Qatar is to establish an inclusive trauma system that facilitates a coordinated approach with which to deliver the safest, most effective, and most compassionate care to all patients. The establishment of the Qatar Trauma Registry represents another milestone in the growth and development of our national trauma system; one that is based on international best practice and is designed to achieve the best possible health outcomes for patients while also improving our health system.”
The Qatar Trauma Registry is also designed to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of trauma care delivery in Qatar. The national trauma system and registry concepts were developed under the leadership of Dr. Hassan Al Thani, Head of Trauma and Vascular Surgery at HMC, along with the support of other ministries, notably the Ministry of Interior.
“The Qatar Trauma Registry is essentially a database that documents the injuries of trauma patients and the acute care they receive. It is designed to provide information that can be used to improve the efficiency and quality of trauma care delivery,” said Dr. Al Thani. “With the data collected, we can identify gaps in the way injury victims are identified and transported to where they receive care.”
“Trauma registries are recognized globally as highly successful ways to reduce preventable deaths and associated losses. This program allows us to deliver a more integrated and enhanced system of trauma care in Qatar,” added Dr. Al Thani. “Qatar has been benchmarking its trauma data internationally through a collaboration with the National Trauma Data Bank® (a division of the American College of Surgeons), which is a global repository of trauma data.”
"Injury is a leading cause of death and disability in people under 45 years old in Qatar. Today's announcement is a significant step towards improving trauma services across the country,” said Brig. Gen. Mohamed Saad Al Kharji, Director General of Traffic at the Ministry of Interior. “We want people to keep their safety, and the safety of others, always in mind. With the data we collect it will be easier for us to highlight the main areas of concern where more preventative measures need to be introduced to safeguard the population.”
Collaboration between key stakeholders is essential to ensure that the data collected is accurate and can provide a meaningful basis for identifying trends and improving the care delivered to injured patients. It is also essential for introducing safety measure to help prevent injuries from occurring. However, the creation and upkeep of such registries require a substantial investment of money, time, and effort from all parties involved.