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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 20, 2018 12:15 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution - Trauma Registrar Day in PA for May 15, 2018
Please join me in recognizing May 15, 2018 as Trauma Registrar Day in Pennsylvania.

Each accredited trauma center in Pennsylvania is required to have a trauma registrar. The trauma registrar’s primary role is to abstract data into the trauma center’s trauma registry. A trauma registry is an important management tool, composed of a file of uniform data elements that describe the injury event, demographics, pre-hospital information, diagnosis, care, outcomes and costs of treatment of injured patients, needed to operate a trauma center.

The trauma registrar is a vital and integral part of the trauma team, the overall performance improvement process at a trauma center and the public health. In addition to data abstraction, the trauma registrar engages in other processes such as report generation, data analysis and research assistance.

It is important to acknowledge that high-quality data begin with high-quality data entry, and it is the trauma registrar who is responsible for performing this task. Trauma registrars come from diverse backgrounds such as nursing, medical records, computer science, and medical informatics, among others. Trauma registrars must be continuous learners and attend courses such as the American Trauma Society’s Trauma Registrar Course, or an equivalent provided by a state trauma program, and the Association of the Advancement of Automotive Medicine’s Injury Scaling Course.

That being said, I believe it is important to recognize the vital role they play in the trauma centers of Pennsylvania. A similar resolution HR 808 has been introduced in the House of Representatives. Please consider lending your support for this Senate resolution.

Introduced as SR350