Current Trauma Reports

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 9–24 | Cite as

Quality and Patient Safety Indicators in Trauma and Emergency Surgery: National and Global Considerations

  • Jordan D. Bohnen
  • Geoffrey A. Anderson
  • Haytham M. A. Kaafarani
Patient Safety and Quality in Trauma (H Kaafarani, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Patient Safety and Quality in Trauma

Abstract

Purpose of Review

This review focuses on quality and patient safety indicators in trauma and emergency surgery in the developed and developing world.

Recent Findings

Quality and patient safety indicators have proliferated in recent years. There is significant variability in the strength of evidence behind existing measures, as well as variability in their acceptance and utilization.

Summary

This review article highlights the evolution quality and patient safety indicators using examples from both the developed and the developing world. The authors include recommendations for future efforts to utilize and implement such indicators in trauma and emergency surgery. One key remaining challenge remains the development of meaningful, streamlined, and consensus-based performance metrics that simultaneously assess variations in quality and safety while also being easily measurable so as not to overly burden the people and systems tasked with collecting this important information.

Keywords

Quality indicators Patient safety Trauma systems Emergency surgery Global surgery Low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest relevant to this manuscript.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jordan D. Bohnen
    • 1
  • Geoffrey A. Anderson
    • 1
  • Haytham M. A. Kaafarani
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care, Department of SurgeryMassachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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