The GOAL-Trauma Study
The GOAL-Trauma Study: Global Outcomes After Laparotomy for Trauma
An observational study assessing the global variation in patient characteristics, management, and outcomes in those undergoing trauma laparotomy
Trauma accounts for nearly 10% of all global deaths and the trauma laparotomy is the most commonly performed operation for abdominal trauma worldwide.
Mortality rates following a trauma laparotomy are often substantial, however the standard and variation in care occurring globally for patients undergoing a trauma laparotomy remain relatively unknown.
The GOAL-Trauma study will provide a global snapshot of the current mortality rates following trauma laparotomy and insight into the variation seen in the time delays in receiving care, disease and patient factors, and overall patient outcomes
Key Documents for Collaborators
Any patient of any age who presents to hospital with a blunt or penetrating injury and undergo a trauma laparotomy within 5 days of presentation to the treating centre
Any hospital worldwide that performs emergency trauma surgery can participate – a minimum of 1 case must be submitted by the centre during the 30 day study period to be eligible for authorship
All patients within each 30-day data collection period must be included
Each can have multiple data collection periods at each hospital, with patients followed up for 30 days post-operatively (or until discharge)
All collected data will be uploaded onto the secure online data collection form, REDCap
GOAL-Trauma Advisory Team
The GOAL-Trauma Advisory Team are a group of surgeons, anaesthetists, and emergency medicine doctors from across the globe, who have vast experience in the management of trauma patients, from injury through to rehabilitation
The study protocol has been developed based on their experience of dealing with trauma patients and knowledge within trauma academia