Southern trauma team to be launched
The Southern District Health Board is preparing to reduce preventable deaths from major trauma by creating a Southern Trauma Service.
Mike Hunter will head a team tasked with improving the co-ordination of care of patients who had suffered major multiple injuries, a SDHB spokeswoman said.
International research showed that through better coordination of care, lives were saved and patients spent less time in hospital and achieved better results through rehabilitation.
Hunter said there was an assumption that when patients reached hospital with major injuries and later died it was an acceptable consequence of the trauma they had suffered.
"We now know that when care is better co-ordinated, the potential for saving lives is alarmingly high."
If the results achieved in Australian state of Victoria were matched by the Southern DHB, then five or six lives could be saved south of the Waitaki each year, he said.
Southern DHB chief executive Chris Fleming said the team's work would shed light on the extent of trauma in the district and improve the recovery outcomes of trauma patients.
- The Southland Times