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Rev Col Bras Cir. 2012 Jul-Aug;39(4):255-62.

Experience of two first level hospitals in the southwest region of Colombia on the implementation of the Panamerican Trauma Society International Trauma Registry.

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Universidad del Valle.



To describes the experience in the implementation of a TRS in two hospitals in Cali, Colombia.


The TRS includes prehospitalary, during hospitalization and discharging status information of each patient. Each hospital has an electronic data capture strategy. A three month Pilot-period descriptive analysis is presented.


3293 patients has been registered, 1626 (49.4%) from the Public hospital and 1613 (50.6%) from the Private one. 67.2% were men; the mean age ±SD was 30.5±20 years; 30.5% were less than 18 years. The overall mortality rate was 3.5%. The most frequent consulting cause were falls (33.7%); 11.6% of injuries are secondary to fire gunshot, and this group where mortality rate was 62%.


It was determined the needing for the TRS implementation and the mechanisms to provide continuity. The registry becomes an information source for the investigation developing. It was identified the causes of consult, morbidity and death due to trauma that will allow a better planning of the emergency services and of the regional trauma system in order to optimize and reduce the attention costs. Based on optimal information system it will be able to present the necessary adjusts to redesign the Trauma and Emergencies Attention System in the Colombian South-West.

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