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Fast Facts

Trauma is the leading cause of
hospitalization in Sri Lanka.

Trauma accounts for almost
600,000 patients per year in
Government Hospitals.

Most moderate to severe trauma
results from Road Traffic Crashes.

Road traffic crashes have increased by 249% between 1977 and 2004..

Road traffic fatalities increased by

In government hospitals, injuries
account for 1 out of 6 admissions, and 1 of 9 deaths

Road traffic deaths kill on average on person in Sri Lanka every 4.5 hours.

  Committees - Trauma Secretariat

The Trauma Secretariat has been established by the Ministry of Healthcare & Nutrition to oversee all aspects of trauma system development in Sri Lanka. The Trauma System Development Committee (TSDC) is the technical advisory arm of the Trauma Secretariat. The TSDC is composed of experts from relevant fields and representatives of selected stakeholders

Subcommittees of the TSDC are working on the various aspects of the comprehensive trauma system development in Sri Lanka.

1. Pre-Hospital Care Sub-committee

- To reduce morbidity and mortality of the injured by preventing secondary injury

- Creating a ‘forum’ for stakeholders
- Supporting Colombo EMS - Working with Dehiwala
- Mount Lavinia Municipality to set up EMS
- Development of curriculum for EMT Training
- Development of emergency ambulance regulations - Promotion of legislation

2. Injury Surveillance Sub-committee

- Establish a registry
- Use Evidence

- IS “Marketing”
- Surveillance tools developed: Data set, manual, entry software, compilation software
- Piloted in 3 hospitals: Colombo South TH, GH Kalutara, BH Horana
- Action Plan for 2008/2009 developed

3. Training Sub-committee

- Develop a National Training Programme for all categories of staff dealing with trauma

- Conducting PTC Programme
- Working towards expansion of nurses training programme on Mass Casualty & Trauma Care
- Working towards establishing NTMC for senior doctors

4. Clinical Protocols and Guidelines Sub-committee

- Review existing resources
- ‘Sri Lanka Trauma Guidelines’ developed

5. Trauma System Components Sub-committee

- To develop a national trauma system integrated with all components of injury spectrum

- Sri Lanka Trauma Designation Criteria developed

The Trauma Secretariat expresses sincere appreciation to the following international organizations for their assistance and support:

    Medical Teams International  


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