Changes in the National Trauma Data Standard go into effect on January 1. Registry software vendors will handle much of the transition work, but trauma registrars need to pay attention to several key points.
In this month’s “Trauma Registry Q&A” column, trauma registry experts from Pomphrey Consulting explain what to do now to prepare your trauma registry for 2017.
Q. I’m new to trauma registry. Could you explain what’s happening?
The National Trauma Data Standard (NTDS) Data Dictionary defines the data elements that make up the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB). The American College of Surgeons revises the dictionary annually and makes the new standard available in July for the coming year. Registry system vendors need to update their software to reflect the changes. Trauma registrars need to understand the changes and may also need to modify certain aspects of their registry system.