Posted on December 28, 2016

Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Hamad Trauma Center recently hosted delegates, including speakers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, India, and the GCC region, for a four-day congress on trauma center verification. Speakers shared their experience and best practices in the development of trauma systems designed to save lives and reduce disabilities.

The theme for this year’s congress was ‘Trauma Team Journey from Inception to Verification’. Around 200 delegates took part in the congress, which was hosted by the Hamad Trauma Center. Under the leadership of Dr. Hassan Al Thani, Head of Trauma Services at HMC, the Hamad Trauma Center is the national Level I Trauma Center of Qatar. Last year, HMC received the Trauma Distinction Award of Excellence from Accreditation Canada International, becoming the first trauma organization in the world to earn the recognition.

The congress focused on three main topics, including the trauma system verification and accreditation process, updated damage control approaches in the management of trauma patients, and clinical research. “We are glad to have successfully held the Hamad Trauma Center Congress: The Journey from Inception to Verification. I believe the four-day event has made a significant contribution to the continuing professional development of all healthcare providers who care for trauma patients,” said Dr. Al Thani, who is also the Congress Chairman and Hamad Trauma Center Director.

He said a thought-provoking combination of global and regional perspectives has provided participants with the opportunity to create local solutions that can be applied to their own patients and healthcare setting. “Together, we share the ambition of improving the evaluation and management of critically injured trauma patients in our region. This conference is an important step forward in meeting that important goal,” he added.

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Dr. Ayman El-Menyar, Director of Clinical Research in Trauma and Vascular Surgery and Congress Co-chair said: “The Congress was a perfect opportunity for multi-disciplinary teams of experts involved in the care of trauma patients to discuss one of the hot topics in trauma care nowadays, which is damage control approaches in surgery. They were able to interact on how to limit damage control and save lives with early interventions because most trauma patients usually present with severe injuries.” He noted that the congress highlighted the importance of collaboration between Ambulance Service teams, intensivists, trauma surgeons, database registries, trauma research offices, injury prevention teams, trauma fellowship programs, nursing staff, radiologists, clinical pharmacists and rehabilitation specialists.

Dr. Al Thani added: “We felt that this is the right time to begin to think collectively about the best practices to optimize the outcomes and survival of patients who sustain trauma injuries. Road traffic and occupational injuries are the leading causes of trauma death and disability in the GCC and we must meet these with proven means of providing the right care to the right patient at the right time. The verification and designation of select hospitals as trauma centers is the necessary first step followed by identifying priority components of the trauma system that must be developed and/or enhanced.”

Delegates agreed upon the important role of collecting and analyzing accurate data on the leading causes and risk factors for trauma. They cited that investing in the hardware, the software and the manpower for the creation of trauma registries were essential steps to identifying priority areas for injury prevention and improving the delivery of trauma care.