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The status of trauma registry systems in Chinese hospitals
  1. Michael Fitzharris1,
  2. Wang Zhong2,
  3. John Myburgh1,3,9,
  4. Yu Xuezhong4,
  5. James Yu5,
  6. Naomi Hammond1,5,
  7. Simon R Finfer1,6,
  8. Colman Taylor1,
  9. Yangfeng Wu7,8
  1. 1Critical Care and Trauma Division, The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, Australia
  2. 2Department of Emergency, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing, China
  3. 3Faculty of Medicine, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia
  4. 4Department of Emergency, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing, China
  5. 5Research and Development, The George Institute for Global Health, Beijing, China
  6. 6Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  7. 7The George Institute for Global Health, Beijing, China
  8. 8Peking University Clinical Research Institute, Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China
  9. 9Department of Intensive Care Medicine, St George Hospital, Sydney, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr M Fitzharris, Accident Research Centre and Injury Outcomes Research Unit, Monash Injury Research Institute, Building 70, Monash University, Victoria, 3800, Australia; michael.fitzharris{at}


Injuries are a major source of mortality and morbidity in China with approximately 66 million citizens requiring emergency medical care. Trauma registries provide the basis for quality assurance processes and inform the treatment of the injured patient. Against the backdrop of the recently established Chinese National Injury Surveillance System, the feasibility of establishing a multicentre trauma registry in a limited number of hospitals was examined. Seven hospital directors reported on a range of hospital characteristics including patient volume information and the types of patient information routinely collected. The findings indicate significant numbers of patients presenting due to injury, though little comparability in the type of information collected both between hospitals and with international trauma registry systems. The development of multicentre trauma registry is suggested as a way to monitor trauma system performance. The integration of clinical indicators into the National Injury Surveillance System in the long term is also recommended.

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  • Funding This research was financed by The George Institute (China) and The George Institute for International Health (Sydney).

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.