Trauma survival rates increase at Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

The A&E department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Clinical director of the A&E, Vic

The A&E department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Clinical director of the A&E, Victor Inyang. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant 2013

Emergency medics at a Norfolk hospital have pledged to continue to improve after new figures revealed a rise in survival rates for seriously injured patients.

Staff at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital treated more than 1,300 trauma victims between January 1 2011 and December 31 2013 and 22 patients who were not expected to survive their injuries were saved, according to new figures.

Officials from the hospital said the better outcomes was a result of close working with the region's ambulance service and air ambulance service, which had resulted in an extra 1.2 survivors out of every 100 patients, according to figures published by the Trauma Audit and Research Network.

Victor Inyang, consultant in emergency medicine at the Norfolk hospital, said the improved trauma figures were down to a number of factors.

• A 24/7 hospital trauma team was established two years ago, led by a consultant, who can call on specialist doctors at all hours to get expert care quickly when every minute counts.

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• The creation of a East of England trauma network where medics working in emergency medicine share best practice.

• Critical care paramedics and doctors from the East Anglian Ambulance Service using trauma care techniques adopted in the military to help local patients.

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Mr Inyang said the improved trauma outcomes were a real team effort.

'These figures show that we are saving more people who'd be expected to die after receiving a trauma injury. They also show we have made improvements over the last two years. Consultants lead all trauma cases across the hospital 24/7 and we have excellent joined up care from as soon as the patient arrives in A&E, to our surgeons, intensive care unit, care on the wards and rehab, both inside the hospital and in the community.

'The figures are testament to the strong team ethos across the hospital. We want to get people back into the community and get them back in society where they can function independently.'

'As technology gets better and we learn more, we expect to get better results,' he said.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn experienced a small increase of 0.1 additional survivors out of every 100 patients. However, the James Paget University Hospital experienced 2.2 additional deaths out of every 100 patients.

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