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. Although the construction of the new Emergency Trauma Centre was completed in 2011, progress towards achieving optimum function was limited by facility-wide shortages in resources (staff and equipment).


Key Objectives & Outcomes

The intended project outcomes were achieved and included supporting the THK staff to:

1. Implement the agreed Model of Care/ ETC Guidelines;

2. Extend the intended patient-care activities across all floors of the ETC;

3. Fully activate nursing triage in the ETC;

4. Activate the admission and discharge guidelines; and

5. Activate quality improvement activities.

THK, through its Emergency Trauma Centre, provides a high standard of reception (triage) and resuscitation of the trauma patient.

Main Partner Orgnaisations(s)Teaching Hospital Karapitiya, Galle, Sri Lanka / 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 Commenced2012

Expected Completion2013

Research Funding BodyVictorian Government – Department of Premier and Cabinet