Background: Injury and/or work up of patients involved in genitourinary (GU) trauma often has a urologic component. By implementing a simple, versatile database to categorizing such injuries, we hoped to elucidate issues involved in the treatment of GU trauma.
Methods: The Genitourinary Trauma Database was created using commercially available software (Microsoft Access). It occupies 848 KB (kilobytes) of hard drive memory and is organized into five categories: Patient Demographics, History/Physical Examination/Etiology, Radiologic Evaluation, Operative Intervention, and Disposition and Complications.
Results: All GU trauma patients seen since 1995 have been entered. Thus far, the database has helped assess indications for bladder evaluation of blunt trauma and pelvic fracture and has allowed us to develop a protocol for performing retrograde computed tomographic cystogram in conjunction with abdominal/pelvic computed tomographic scan.
Conclusion: Ease of creating and using this database demonstrate that it could serve as a multi-institutional GU trauma registry and prove invaluable in developing and refining future trauma protocols.