Trauma Care was founded in 1996 to address the need for commonly agreed standards of best clinical practice in the management of trauma. We aim to improve the outcome of the trauma victim by establishing best practice throughout the whole chain of care. We achieve this through education, research and publishing. Membership is open to to all medical disciplines - including clinicians, paramedics, nurses - and to members of the emergency services. No other organisation encompasses the diverse specialities involved in care of trauma victims from the moment of injury, to the return to active life.
Trauma is a serious public health problem, with notable social and economic costs. In the UK, 17,000 deaths each year are a direct result of injuries. Annually, injuries lead to 720,000 hospital admissions and 6 million visits to emergency departments . Victims of trauma receive care and attention from many individuals within a wide range of specialities and professional backgrounds. Without commonly agreed standards, patients’ outcome may be less than optimal.
1. Health Protection in the 21st Century - Understanding the Burden of Disease; Preparing for the Future. Part 10: Injuries. Health Protection Agency, 2005.
Trauma Care aims to improve the outcome of the trauma victim by establishing best practice throughout the whole chain of care. We achieve this through education, research and publishing.
Trauma Care is now the leading UK organisation promoting multidisciplinary involvement in education designed to optimise the care of the trauma victim. We are now in our 16th year, and our annual international conference is a recognised highlight in the trauma education calendar.
Our membership is currently growing by more than 20% each year and our journal "Trauma" has an ever-increasing number of subscriptions. In addition, the first edition of the Trauma Care Manual is now established as the definitive statement of best clinical practice in the UK.
Having consolidated our reputation, Trauma Care looks forward to the development of further statements of best practice on key clinical issues, and to furthering the development of our regional structure, which has been successfull in developing a number of regional conferences in the UK.