Each year there are approximately 500 cases of major trauma and 4,200 of non-major trauma in the Northern Region. Many patients are transferred between DHBs to receive definitive care for their injuries.
The Northern Region Trauma Network has a goal to introduce a more formal system for managing trauma patients. The initiatives we are implementing are in line with other jurisdictions which have demonstrated significant reduction with in-hospital mortality rates, improved recovery from injuries, and cost savings to the health system. Our work is aligned to the Major Trauma National Clinical Network to build a robust and consistent national system across New Zealand.
We are introducing a range of initiatives to introduce contemporary, quality care for major trauma patients in this region. Optimisation of pre-hospital and inter-hospital transfer systems and in-hospital management practices will deliver better overall trauma care, and cost savings in the form of improved resource utilisation and shorter hospital stays. A case review process is being established to identify and address regional systemic issues.