Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has officially launched the Qatar Trauma Registry, the first and only national trauma registry in the Arab world. Through the Qatar Trauma Registry, clinicians and other public health officials will have the data needed to make better decisions toward reducing trauma incidents in the country.
The Qatar Trauma Registry, which builds upon HMC’s trauma registry, was initiated in January 2017 with the endorsement of HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health:
Our vision for Qatar is to establish an inclusive trauma system that facilitates a coordinated approach with which to deliver the safest, most effective, and most compassionate care to all patients. The establishment of the Qatar Trauma Registry represents another milestone in the growth and development of our national trauma system; one that is based on international best practice and is designed to achieve the best possible health outcomes for patients while also improving our health system.
The Qatar Trauma Registry is also designed to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of trauma care delivery in Qatar. The national trauma system and registry concepts were developed under the leadership of Dr Hassan Al Thani, Head of Trauma and Vascular Surgery at HMC, along with the support of other ministries, notably the Ministry of Interior. He said:
Trauma registries are recognised globally as highly successful ways to reduce preventable deaths and associated losses. This programme allows us to deliver a more integrated and enhanced system of trauma care in Qatar.
Collaboration between key stakeholders is essential to ensure that the data collected is accurate and can provide a meaningful basis for identifying trends and improving the care delivered to injured patients. It is also essential for introducing safety measure to help prevent injuries from occurring. However, the creation and upkeep of such registries require a substantial investment of money, time, and effort from all parties involved.