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Trauma overview

Trauma, defined as physical injury to the body, affects people of all ages and is the greatest cause of death up to the age of 45 years. Injury leaves many with a serious lifelong disability. Much traumatic injury however, is preventable.

The RACS Trauma Committee and its subcommittees have a long history of development and activity in trauma prevention and the management of trauma patients.

The College's activities and initiatives include:


Trauma Week - Register Online now!

Trauma Week 2019 will be held in Melbourne and incorporate meetings of the Trauma Committee and subcommittees and the following activities:

Sunday 10 - Tuesday 12 November 
Definitive Surgical Trauma Care Course (DSTC) - Epworth Hospital

Wednesday 13 November 9:00am-4:00pm Symposium Pedestrians -Staying safe
This year's Trauma Symposium on pedestrian safety will explore the scope of the problem, look at risk factors, prevention strategies and a way forward.  The program includes alcohol, distraction, the Scooter epidemic, speed, hospital trauma care, tips to stay safe, public health, education, law enforcement, vehicle, road and future city design.    Expected audience:  Surgeons, ED doctors, intensivists, paramedics, nurses, ambulance, police, road safety professionals, engineers, insurance representatives, local, state and federal government representation.  

Convener: Dr Valerie Malka, Trauma Surgeon, Director of Trauma, Liverpool Hospital, Chair RACS Road Trauma Advisory Subcommittee

$165 full registration inc GST - lunch, morning & afternoon teas included
Printable Flyer (PDF 2.2MB)
Provisional Program (LINK)

Wednesday 13 November 6:30pm Damian McMahon Trauma Dinner at Charcoal Lane, Fitzroy
All are welcome to join the Trauma Committee at a fundraising dinner for the Damian McMahon Trauma Research Travel Grant.  Enjoy extraordinary cuisine at Charcoal Lane Melbourne's finest Indigenous restaurant that offers native Australian flavours inextricably linked with memory and emotion and inspired by the land that produced them.  Dinner registration = $120 inc GST - $20 is allocated to the Damian McMahon Grant. 

Thursday 14 November 9am - 5 pm Trauma Committee/s Meetings
Morning:  Trauma Subcommittee meetings (DSTC, Road Trauma Advisory, Trauma Quality Improvement and Trauma Verification)
Afternoon:  RACS Bi-national Trauma Committee meeting

Friday 15 November
Trauma Verification Workshop

Further informationtrauma@surgeons.org

Telephone:  +61 3 9276 7448

Further information on previous Trauma Weeks.


Resources

Library Resources

Find a number of selected journals and books specific to Trauma on the following pages. You will also find the link to sign up to trauma related eTOCs to be emailed directly to you.

Quad bike injuries and fatalities on the rise.

In August 2015 the Queensland Deputy State Coroner handed down findings in relation to the deaths of nine people involved in quad bike accidents in Queensland between March 2012 and January 2014. Sadly three were children. Despite having four wheels, quad bikes have a high centre of gravity and a narrow wheelbase, making them unstable. Most injuries and deaths involve the bike rolling onto the rider and can occur at low speed.

Fourteen people have died in accidents involving quad bikes on Australian farms already this year (September 2015). Data from the Australian Trauma Registry shows that major injuries from quad bikes have also been rising from 26 in 2010 to 51 in 2012. Of the 111 major injuries which occurred from 2010-2012, more than a quarter of the riders were under 25 years of age.

RACS will continue to advocate strongly for an Australasian New Quad Bike Assessment program, all available strategies that will prohibit children under the age of 16 from riding adult-sized quad bikes, and the necessity of mandatory quad bike handling training for all new owners.

For latest research involving quad bikes watch:

The video has kindly been supplied by SafeWork NSW.
Having trouble viewing this video? Watch on YouTube.

Guidelines on the Management of Wounds in Disaster Situations

A set of guidelines to help first responders and health care personnel with the initial management of wounds to prevent infection and further tissue loss were developed by the College as a result of a study on wound management in disaster settings conducted by Wuthisuthimethawee P., et al. See the College's Global Health Advocacy page to download the poster outlining these guidelines and the World Journal of Surgery article reporting on the study.

Personal Equipment List for those deployed in a Disaster

Deployment Personal Equipment List (PDF 27KB)

Trauma Victoria

Trauma guidelines and online resources for trauma care providers.

Leading trauma experts speak at the ASC

Interviews with Daryl Wall, Russell Gruen and Scott D'Amours during the RACS 2012 Annual Scientific Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Guidelines for a Structured Approach of Optimal Trauma Care

The Guidelines for a Structured Approach to the Provision of Optimal Trauma Care were updated in a 2012 revision funded by the Health Quality and Safety Commission and undertaken by the NZ Trauma Committee of the College.

Clinical Series on Trauma Surgery in The Lancet

Australasia's reputation as a world leader in trauma research, trauma care and system design has been highlighted with the publication of a major Clinical Series on Trauma Surgery in The Lancet in September 2012.

Contact

Lyn Journeaux, Trauma Committee Secretariat
Karen Coates, Trauma Verification Program Coordinator

Trauma Committee Secretariat
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9276 7448
Email: trauma@surgeons.org