STN Establishes Centre for Global Trauma Quality Improvement to Facilitate the Worldwide Exchange of QI/PI Resources and Knowledge

February 12, 2020

Dear Colleagues,
As you are likely aware, trauma is the leading cause of death worldwide for people under the age of 45 years, imposing tremendous economic and societal costs. Today, 90% of the global burden of injury death and disability occurs on low-and middle-income nations.1

Implementation of trauma quality improvement (QI) programmes has been shown to reduce both costs and mortality associated with trauma but remains a neglected area in low- and middle-income countries.2 The need for improved access to relevant and actionable trauma QI resources is well-documented.

On behalf of the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) and its International Council, we are pleased to announce the establishment of the Centre for Global Trauma Quality Improvement (CGTQI), whose mission is to create a virtual environment that fosters global trauma quality improvement through shared knowledge, resources, and guidelines across the continuum of care. The CGTQI website, www.globaltraumaquality.org, serves as the launchpad and repository for QI information and resources delivered to users for free in an open source platform, using a collaborative network of stakeholders from around the world.

CGTQI is focused on helping healthcare providers, hospitals, and trauma systems accurately, readily, and cost-effectively put trauma QI programs, projects, and principles into practice around the world. As an STN member and QI stakeholder, you are well positioned to provide input and expertise that will benefit your colleagues globally.

Please visit www.globaltraumaquality.org to review the resources that have been submitted/identified thus far. If you have suggestions for resources that should be developed or if you have QI resources that you are willing to share through CGTQI digital channels, please submit them at Submit a Resource and/or Submit a Suggestion. Submissions welcome in all digital formats and languages.

CGTQI seeks to expand its network of global partnerships to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information to support the delivery of optimal trauma care across the continuum and across the globe. Please contact info@globaltraumaquality.org if you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way.

Thank you,
Helen Jowett, RN, Chair CGTQI, Trauma Manager at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia
Knut Magne Kolstadbraaten, MSN, RN, CRNA, Chair STN International Council, Trauma Program Manager, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
Sarah Mattocks, MSN, FNP-C, TCRN, NE-BC, STN President, Trauma Program Manager, UPMC Hamot, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA.

  1. Sakran, Joseph V., Greer, Sarah E., Werlin, Evan et al. (2012) Care of the injured worldwide: trauma still the neglected disease of modern society. Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine. Volume 20, Issue 1; p. 64. https://doi.org/10.1186/1757-7241-20-64.
  2. Reynolds, Teri A., Stewart, Barclay, Drewett, Isobel et al. (2017) The Impact of Trauma Care Systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Annual Review of Public Health. Volume 38, Issue 1; p. 507-532. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-032315-021412.