Research Article
Volume 4 Issue 2 - 2020
Assessment of Trauma Care in Tertiary Center, Addis Ababa Ethiopia: An Observational Study
Ayalew Zewdie*
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, St Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College/AaBET Hospital, Ethiopia
*Corresponding Author: Ayalew Zewdie, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, St Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College/AaBET Hospital, Ethiopia.
Received: November 10, 2019; Published: January 27, 2020


Background: Trauma is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in resource limited setting. In Ethiopia there is no well-organized trauma system which could help to decrease mortality of trauma patient. The objectives of this study were to assess infrastructure, equipment and supplies to provide essential trauma care in one of specialized center in Ethiopia.

Methodology: Institution based observational study was done from September 5 to October 5, 2019, in Addis Ababa Burn Emergency Trauma (AaBET) hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Data was collected using WHO trauma checklist for specialized center by observation and interviewing the heads of the responsible units.

Result: The hospital had consultants in emergency medicine and critical care, neurosurgeon, orthopedician and plastic and reconstructive surgeon working 24/7/365. There were no training like ATLS but short term courses about emergency and trauma care was given to staff. The resources for resuscitation was not proportional to the patient number. There was weak communication from prehospital care and other referring hospitals. There were efforts to use paper form trauma registries, but it requires sustainable monitoring and evaluation 

Conclusion: This study showed better human resource and infrastructure which were still not proportional to the number of patient with trauma. In addition, the study revealed lack of communication from prehospital care, lack of sustainable trauma registry and trauma quality improvement project in the hospital.

Keywords: Trauma Care; WHO Trauma Assessment; Trauma Center; Resuscitation


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Citation: Ayalew Zewdie.“Assessment of Trauma Care in Tertiary Center, Addis Ababa Ethiopia: An Observational Study”. EC Emergency Medicine and Critical Care 4.2 (2020): 01-08.

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