In both India and Sri Lanka, injuries and particularly road crashes are among the leading causes of death and disability. Death from injury for young adults is increasing and poses a major burden to both countries.


Key Objectives & Outcomes

The key objective of the project was the delivery of a Trauma Team Training Program to enhance local emergency clinicians’ understanding and skill in the reception and resuscitation of critically injured patients.

The intended outcomes were achieved as follows:

1. The improved reception, resuscitation and stabilisation of trauma patients;

2. The establishment of a coordinated ‘interdisciplinary trauma team’ approach to patient care;

3. A reduction in delays to definitive treatment;

4. The improvement of staff knowledge and clinical skills within the areas of airway, breathing, circulation and disability assessment;

5. The development of a team of clinical ‘instructors’ to continue educating, supporting and supervising staff; and

6. The delivery of a training program that is relevant to available local resources and the clinical environment.

Main Partner Orgnaisations(s)Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India Teaching Hospital Karapitiya, Galle, Sri Lanka University of Peradeniya Hospital, Kandy, Sri Lanka AusAID and The Victorian Government Department of Premier and Cabinet

Geographic Location(s)Punjab in India and Galle and Kandy in Sri Lanka

Chief Investigator(s)Professor Mark Fitzgerald ASM

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

Main ContactDr Gerard O’Reilly

Year Commenced2009

Expected Completion2009

Research Funding BodyAustralian Government - AusAID (PSLP)