About the Registry
The objectives of the Georgia Central Trauma Registry are to monitor and provide information to evaluate trauma patient outcome, assess compliance of pre-hospital care providers and hospitals with state standards. In addition, the Georgia Central Trauma Registry provides and reviews data for injury prevention programs, research and education, and to produce reports.
Georgia Trauma Definition
The Central Trauma Registry in Georgia collects information on seriously injured patients treated at any of the 24 Georgia designated trauma centers. In June 2002, the Georgia Department of Public Health's Central Trauma Registry adopted the American College of Surgeons' (ACS) definition of trauma. According to ACS, a case of trauma is defined as any patient who was discharged with ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes between 800.00-959.9 after being admitted for at least 48 hours. In January 2013, the Georgia Department of Public Health revised the admitted length of stay to be greater than or equal to 23 hours, or who:
- was transferred to or from another facility;
- died, regardless of length of stay;
- was admitted to the ICU, regardless of length of stay;
- was dead on arrival (DOA);
- had unscheduled readmissions associated with the trauma and re-admitted within 72 hours of discharge from the first visit.
This excludes any patients with ICD-9-CM codes of 905-909 (late effects of injury), 910-924 (blisters, contusions, abrasions and insect bites), 930-939 (foreign bodies) and patients who are >65 years of age who are admitted with isolated hip fractures that are the result of a same-level fall.