The Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry (VOTOR):
- Was initially funded as a pilot project by the Victorian Trauma Foundation (VTF) in 2003.
- First started as a collaborative project between The Alfred, Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) and the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (DEPM) at Monash University.
- Was expanded to include the Geelong Hospital and the Northern Hospital in 2007.
- Operates as a sentinel site registry and is a comprehensive and robust monitoring system for orthopaedic trauma in Victoria.
The overarching aims of the Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Registry are, to:
1. Monitor orthopaedic injury management, treatment, approaches and outcomes
2. Identify variations in orthopaedic clinical practice
3. Identify specific injuries, procedures and patient populations at risk of poor outcomes
4. Monitor the use of orthopaedic implants and their outcomes
What is a Clinical Registry?
The primary purpose of a clinical registry is to monitor patient outcomes and report on the quality of the care provided for a specific medical disease or condition, or for an area or specialisation of health service provision.
Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria
Following are the inclusion and exclusion criteria for participants in the Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry:
|All patients admitted with a new orthopaedic (bone) injury with a length of stay >24 hours||Pathological fracture related to metastatic disease, and/or|
|Death after injury||Aged < 16 years|
|Isolated soft tissue injuries, i.e. achilles tendon|
The Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry has a robust governance structure to ensure legal and ethical compliance.