Trauma Distinction

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Trauma Distinction recognizes trauma systems or networks that demonstrate clinical excellence and an outstanding commitment to leadership in trauma care. The program includes an on-site visit every four years by expert evaluators with extensive practical experience in the field. 

Key components

  • Trauma system and trauma centre standards: Distinction standards are based on the latest research and evidence related to excellence in the field. 
  • Trauma protocols: The Distinction program uses evidence-based protocols to promote a consistent approach to care and increase effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Trauma indicators: A key component is the requirement to submit data on a regular basis and meet performance thresholds where required. 
  • Excellence and innovation: Distinction clients must demonstrate implementation of a project or initiative that aligns with best practice guidelines, utilizes the latest knowledge, and integrates evidence to enhance the quality of care. 

Program evaluation

  • Trauma system and trauma centre standards: Distinction standards are based on the latest research and evidence related to excellence in the field. 
  • Trauma protocols: The Distinction program uses evidence-based protocols to promote a consistent approach to care and increase effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Trauma indicators: A key component is the requirement to submit data on a regular basis and meet performance thresholds where required. 
  • Excellence and innovation: Distinction clients must demonstrate implementation of a project or initiative that aligns with best practice guidelines, utilizes the latest knowledge, and integrates evidence to enhance the quality of care. 

Evaluation results highlighted the following strengths and challenges, which were used to further enhance the program prior to release:

  • Trauma Association of Canada (TAC) guidelines are a strong foundation for the standards
  • The program requirements are comprehensive and show a continued emphasis on patient-centred care
  • The collection and monitoring of indicator data is relatively new for trauma systems
  • The integration of rehabilitation services within the trauma system requirements is a challenge but will drive the field in the right direction

Accreditation Canada staff thank the Trauma Advisory Committee and working groups, the pilot sites, and the evaluators for their valuable contributions. 

 

Standards

► Trauma Distinction
► Information Package

Trauma Distinction Evaluators
If you are interested in becoming an evaluator, please email your resume to Marie-Josée Bedard at Surveyors@accreditation.ca.

The Trauma Distinction program was developed in 2013–14 when the accreditation of trauma systems was transitioned from the Trauma Association of Canada (TAC) to Accreditation Canada. TAC’s partnership with Accreditation Canada was an opportunity to capitalize on the respective strengths of both organizations — as experts in trauma services and in developing accreditation programs.