To promote education and research in the trauma registry field
To meet this goal, the AOTR strives to present appropriate and accurate educational offerings to the membership several times a year. The AOTR also supports local conferences with funding, attendance and physical support. Participation by the members of the AOTR is encouraged on a national level in the American College of Surgeons TQIP Conferences and the ESO training. As part of Ohio’s legislation, members participate in the Ohio Trauma Committee and the Ohio Trauma Registry Advisory Subcommittee (TRAS).
AOTR has an Education Committee. All members are welcome to participate on the Committee and bring their education ideas to the group. Continuing education credits are offered for appropriate presentations and for members in good standing. Education Committee Members 2019: (Front row left to right) Ellen Fitzenrider, Deanah Moore, Lita Holdeman and Maria Penrose (Chair). (Back row left to right:) Joyce Burt, Gayle Holdgreve, Erika Joos, Pam Tanner and Kelly Harrison.
Education is promoted as a valuable asset for current and future registrars in the state of Ohio. One of the goals of the Education Committee is to bring timely information to the members to allow them to be leaders, first in their institutions, then on a state and national level
Ohio Trauma Registry Course (OTRC)
The next OTRC date is PENDING for 2021. It will be an online training session. Registration priority is given to trauma registrars to meet the ACS education criteria. If space is available, other disciplines may be admitted to the course.
The Ohio Trauma Registry Course is a one-day (8 hour) course designed to provide core-level knowledge for persons starting a position within the trauma registry at trauma and non-trauma hospitals within Ohio. This class meets the American College of Surgeons (ACS) requirement of attending a State-approved registry course within one year of hire date. (CD15-7) It also meets the education requirement of 8 hours of registry-specific continuing education per year. The course is currently held annually, starting at 8am to 4:30pm.
The OTRC gives the evolution of trauma registries, what is trauma and a trauma center, the different levels of trauma centers, what is a trauma registry and the different governing bodies involved in trauma care.
The OTRC is approved by:
- The Ohio Society of Trauma Nurse Leaders (OSTNL)
- The Ohio State Trauma Committee
- The Ohio Committee on Trauma (OCOT)
- The Ohio EMS Board
The person attending the OTRC will get an overview and introduction to the following topics:
- Data Abstraction: Know Your Data Elements
- How to identify a patient (Inclusion Criteria)
- Data Dictionaries – National, State, Regional, Facility
- Identify the Principles of Coding, Scaling and Scoring
- General coding principles
- Trauma types (Blunt, penetrating, thermal)
- Brief ICD10 hstory
- AIS History and Scaling (AIS coding is NOT taught)
- ISS – How to calculate
- GCS – Adult and Pediatrics
- Anatomic Lectures
- Types of injuries
- Diagnoses and Procedures
- Key information to look for
- Performance Improvement
- What PIPS does
- Why you do it
- How PIPS works
- Registrars Role in PIPS
- Compliance and HIPAA
- How it relates to the registry
- How it relates to data requests
- How it relates to National, State and Regional registries
- How it relates to IRBs
- Data Validation
- Why we do it
- Examples of a validation process
- Concurrent and retrospective reviews
- Identifying errors
- Pre/Post Testing
The course is free to Ohio Trauma Registrars. The attendees will be sent a link to the course materials the week of the course. It is important to download, print and bring this material with them as no materials will be available at the course.
To register please complete and submit the registration form (available later this year):
For additional information contact Ohio Trauma Registrars