BOLIVIA TRAUMA INITIATIVE
are attributable annually to injuries, with 90% occurring in low- and middle-income countries like Bolivia.
Traumatic injuries include road traffic incidents, falls, burns, poisonings, drownings, and violence (assault, self-inflicted, or acts of war). General elements of a comprehensive trauma system should address these injuries through prevention, pre-hospital care, definitive hospital care, rehabilitation, process improvement, and patient safety initiatives. Effective trauma systems lead to improved patient survival, with up to a 20% decrease in mortality and improved functional outcomes.
4.8 to 5.8 million global deaths
The Bolivian Trauma initiative
has five main activities:
Surgical & Trauma Capacity Assessments
Qualitative Trauma System Evaluations
Community & First Responder Trauma
Establishment of a Trauma Registry
Local Education & Research Capacity
The above initiatives will facilitate the creation of evidence-based policy and interventions for injury prevention and trauma care quality improvements, in an effort to reduce injury morbidity and mortality within the Bolivian population.