Zim Trauma Database Under Construction

ZIMBABWE is setting up a trauma registry which documents care delivered to patients hospitalised with injuries.

By Kudakwashe Pembere

One of the doctors in the team coming up with this registry, Dr Wilfred Muteweye told HealthTimes this will help the country a great deal in tracking resource mobilisation.

“A Trauma register is being set up to help with documentation of trauma cases. It will help to improve the effectiveness and quality of care. It will also help to plan as well as to equitably distribute resources,” he said.

He said he was part of the team that received the training of setting up a trauma database in Kigali, Rwanda.

“From the Surgical Society of Zimbabwe, I think there were two of us from Zimbabwe who went to Kigali and got training in setting up a trauma database where we collect all the trauma in Zimbabwe across all districts and we have a database,” Dr Muteweye said.

Dr Muteweye added that the database will help them in coming up with substantive researches.

“Like for instance, these days, in our unit at Parirenyatwa Hospital, we are admitting at least three patients a week coming from Mazowe, the artisanal miners locally known as makorokozas who are stabbing each other.

“We are getting a lot of these patients. If you don’t collect this data, its anecdotal. Its like something not existing. But should we have a database, we can conduct research, we can be able to advocate with facts,” he said.

He could not divulge where the registry will be housed and when it will be up and running.

According to some Canadian Doctors, the combination of trauma registry data at regional or national levels can produce very large databases that allow unprecedented opportunities for the evaluation of patient outcomes and inter-hospital comparisons.

“However, the creation and upkeep of trauma registries requires a substantial investment of money, time and effort, data quality is an important challenge and aggregated trauma data sets rarely represent a population-based sample of trauma. In addition, trauma hospitalisations are already routinely documented in administrative hospital discharge databases,” the doctors note.

Trauma is defined as a physical or emotional injury.

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