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Nova Scotia Trauma Registry

What We Do > Trauma Registry

The trauma registry is an essential component of a successful trauma system as it allows for timely evaluation, research, and monitoring of trauma care, and can be used for outreach, planning, and improvement. Since April 2000, Trauma Nova Scotia has identified and collected data on all major trauma patients seen at the two Level 1 trauma centers in Halifax (QEII Health Sciences Centre, IWK Health Centre), the 8 regional hospitals across Nova Scotia, and from the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service. This information is stored in the Nova Scotia Trauma Registry (NSTR), a comprehensive population-based database that currently houses over 17,000 records of the most severely injured patients with the capacity to collect over 2200 data elements per record.

There are three components of the NSTR which are the: 1) Comprehensive Data Set (CDS); 2) Death Data Set (DDS), which contains the same detailed data as the CDS, on deaths at the scene, enroute or on arrival at a Primary Trauma Centre, where Registry data is not otherwise collected and 3) Minimal Data Set (MDS), received as a download from the Department of Health, Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), which includes all hospitalized injured patients in Nova Scotia. The NSTR is a valuable resource that enables the NSH Trauma Program to conduct quality assurance, engage in injury surveillance, and research, and develop injury prevention and control strategies. In addition, the NSTR allows administrators and clinicians to engage in evidence-based decision-making, policy development, and program planning.

Potential “major” trauma cases are identified by review of facility generated reports of all trauma cases based on the Inclusion External Cause of Injury Codes; ER admission lists; facility transfer lists; death lists. The data collection process involves abstracting patient records retrospectively in the respective hospitals. Trauma Nova Scotia Staff identify and collect data on major trauma patients from the QEII HSC, the IWK Health Centre, the 8 regional hospitals across Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service.


Level I Trauma Centres

QEII Health Science Centre

IWK Health Centre

Level III Trauma Centres

Aberdeen Hospital

Cape Breton Healthcare Complex

Colchester East Hants Health Centre

Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre

South Shore Regional Hospital

St. Martha's Regional Hospital

Valley Regional Hospital

Yarmouth Regional Hospital 

NS Medical Examiner Service

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