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Traumatic brain injury work programme

The serious traumatic brain injury (sTBI) project is one of three areas of focus within the quality improvement workstream of the major trauma collaboration between the National Trauma Network and Te Tāhā Hauora Health Quality & Safety Commission.

Summary

The serious traumatic brain injury (sTBI) project is one of three areas of focus within the quality improvement workstream of the major trauma collaboration between the National Trauma Network (the Network) and Te Tāhā Hauora Health Quality & Safety Commission (Te Tāhū Hauora), as funded by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).

The overarching aims of the sTBI project are to:

  • develop national consistency in the acute management of patients with isolated or complex sTBI to reduce mortality and secondary injury morbidity regardless of geographic location of injury
  • ensure that all major trauma patients at risk of TBI are screened early and that those who need it receive the rehabilitation required for optimal recovery.

 Click here for a comprehensive summary of the project.

Project lead

Dr David Knight is an intensive care specialist from Christchurch. He completed his ICU training in 2006 with an extended clinical and research period at one of the largest trauma hospitals in the UK. During his specialist career, he has developed an interest in neurocritical care, education and development of robust multispecialty collaboration. He has a passion for sustainable improvement and ensuring that our critical care systems can deliver when faced with even the greatest challenges. He is relishing the opportunity to work on a national collaborative to identify and deliver tangible benefits to patients with brain injury throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

If you have any questions, please contact project lead David Knight at: help@majortrauma.nz.

Acute workstream summary