Trauma System Standards
Trauma Distinction recognizes trauma systems that demonstrate clinical excellence and an outstanding commitment to leadership in trauma care. It offers rigorous and highly specialized standards of excellence, in-depth performance indicators and protocols, and an on-site visit by expert evaluators with extensive practical experience in trauma. The program includes an on-site visit every four years.
Key components of the program include:
- Standards: Distinction standards are based on the latest research and evidence related to excellence in trauma care. The trauma standards closely align with the Trauma Association of Canada (TAC) Trauma System Accreditation Guidelines.
- Protocols: Distinction requires the use of evidence-based protocols to promote a consistent approach to care and increase effectiveness and efficiency.
- Indicators: A key component of the Distinction program is the requirement to submit data on a regular basis and meet performance thresholds on a core set of performance indicators.
- Excellence and Innovation: Distinction clients must demonstrate implementation of a project or initiative that aligns with best practice guidelines, utilizes the latest knowledge, and integrates evidence to enhance the quality of care.
The Trauma Distinction program includes two sets of standards for trauma services developed in collaboration with the Trauma Association of Canada (TAC): 1- Trauma System, and 2- Trauma Centre standards.
The Trauma System standards highlight the key components of an effective trauma system. These standards are evaluated at the system level, and focus on how pre-hospital, inter-facility transport and rehabilitation services are integrated within the trauma system to maximise the recovery of trauma patients. The Trauma Distinction program promotes a coordinated strategy for rehabilitation services at the system level where rehabilitation should start early within the trauma centre and continue once the trauma patient is transferred to a rehabilitation centre/unit or discharged home.
The Trauma Centre standards are evaluated at the site level and cover the roles and responsibilities of trauma centres within an integrated trauma system. Depending on jurisdiction, the requirements in the standards may need to be evaluated at both the provincial and regional levels as appropriate.
Accreditation Canada Trauma System standards consist of the following sections:
- Planning and Designing the Trauma System
- Collaborating with Partners
- Evaluating the Trauma System
A set of standards is divided into sections that address different aspects of delivering safe and quality services. Each section consists of related standards, criteria, and guidelines.
1.0 The standard. A goal statement under which associated criteria are grouped.
1.1 The criterion. A measurable element that defines what is required to achieve the standard. Evaluators rate each criterion during the on-site survey.
High Priority: Foundational requirements for delivering safe and quality services.
Protocol: Essential protocols that an organization must have in place to promote a consistent approach to care and increase effectiveness and efficiency.
Indicator: Criteria linked to the requirement to submit data on a regular basis and meet performance thresholds on a core set of performance indicators.
Excellence and Innovation: Criteria linked to the requirement of having a project or initiative that aligns with best practice guidelines, utilizes the latest knowledge, and integrates evidence to enhance the quality of care.
Guidelines: Some criteria include guidelines that provide additional information and/or suggestions on how to comply with the criterion.