Trauma Service Verification at RPH

November 19, 2013

Earlier this year the Royal Perth Hospital Trauma Service was presented with their second consecutive Level 1 Trauma Service Verification from the Australasian College of Surgeons, a feat never before achieved in Australasia.

Trauma verification is a standardised process designed to test the resilience and performance of a trauma service.  A multidisciplined team of clinicians travel to the country’s trauma services to examine all areas of care, from patient admission through to discharge and rehabilitation. 

The staff from Royal Perth’s Trauma Service also used this occasion as an opportunity to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the State Major Trauma Unit - a fact which makes the verification achievement all the more outstanding. Chairperson of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Trish McDougall OAM, said the review team witnessed firsthand the world standard of care in the Royal Perth Hospital State Major Trauma Unit.

“The Trauma Service at RPH has a distinguished record and is nationally and internationally recognised for its multidisciplinary approach to the care of the injured patient,” Ms McDougall said. “Leadership is the key to a well-functioning trauma service and Dr Sudhakar Rao and Maxine Burrell have shown that quality over many years.

“There is a can-do attitude throughout the hospital and the success of the Trauma Service is testament to all the other supporting services and departments at RPH.”

The Trauma Service at Royal Perth Hospital sees more than 6000 admissions a year, more than 115 cases a week, and almost half of these patients are  a result of some form of road trauma.  Head of State Trauma, Dr Sudhakar Rao, took the opportunity to highlight the reasons for establishing the service and its role in working toward reducing preventable admissions. 

“Through the State Trauma Registry we have been able to facilitate research and data collection to better target programs which will address road safety issues,” Dr Rao said.

“In addition, we also set up the first Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) program in Australia.

“P.A.R.T.Y. is an injury prevention program for teenagers, designed to educate them about the dangers of risky behaviour, particularly in relation to driving. “The achievement of our second consecutive verification is a result of the teamwork and hard work of each person in the Trauma Service and I would like to extend my gratitude and congratulations to each of you.”