Teaching Hospital Karapitiya, Galle, is the main teaching hospital for the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. During the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster the hospital’s ability to respond to the emergency was limited as it had little emergency and trauma treatment capacity. The Government of Victoria indicated its commitment to assist post-tsunami reconstruction in Sri Lanka. The construction for the new Emergency Trauma Centre was due for completion and official opening in 2011. It was expected that the transition of emergency and trauma care to the new facility would be a major undertaking.


Key Objectives & Outcomes

The project achieved its key objective of supporting THK to develop capacity consistent with World Health Organisation (WHO) criteria for a Level 1 Trauma Centre.

Regarding the intended outcomes, the Trauma System Maturation project assisted the THK staff to:

1. Undergo a smooth transition to the newly complete ETC;

2. Develop trauma reception and resuscitation guidelines for the ETC;

3. Develop triage guidelines for the ETC;

4. Develop protocols for patient admission and discharge in the ETC; and

5. Develop processes for quality improvement.

Main Partner Orgnaisations(s)Teaching Hospital Karapitiya, Galle, Sri Lanka/AusAID/Victorian Government Department of Premier and Cabinet

Geographic Location(s)Galle, Sri Lanka

Chief Investigator(s)Professor Mark Fitzgerald ASM

Project Manager / Officer(s)Dr Gerard O’Reilly

Main ContactDr Gerard O’Reilly

Year Commenced2010

Expected Completion2011

Research Funding BodyAustralian Government - AusAID