King Saud Medical City – The Alfred International Trauma Systems Development Project


Trauma is the leading cause of death in the first four decades of life and the second most frequent cause of death in all age groups in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is also the leading cause of disability of young and productive members of Saudi society. The incidence of major trauma and associated fatalities in Saudi Arabia has increased over recent years with population growth, increased vehicle ownership and the rapid development of highway infrastructure.

King Saud Medical City (KSMC) is a tertiary teaching hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It has 1500 beds and is the largest hospital in the country. KSMC recognised that the increasing trauma mortality and morbidity are avoidable health burden which can be addressed through the establishment of Trauma Centres and Trauma Systems.

Key Objectives & Outcomes

  • To reduce preventable deaths and permanent disability as a result of injuries
  • To establish a Trauma Center at KSMC through clinical, technical and technological training and education and exchange programs
  • To establish a Trauma Research Institute at KSMC. The KSMC Trauma Registry will provide key data to demonstrate the effect of proposed changes on the health outcomes of the injured. This collaboration will involve utilization of the registry data, training in clinical research, research exchanges and combined research projects.

Project Information

Main Partner Organisations

King Saud Medical City (KSMC), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Geographic Location(s)

Saudi Arabia