Hospital-based injury data in Malawi: strategies for data collection and feasibility of trauma scoring tools

Trop Doct. 2010 Apr;40(2):98-9. doi: 10.1258/td.2009.090009.


Injury is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. Utilizing a partnership between Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) and the University of North Carolina Departments of Surgery, we describe an approach to injury surveillance, examine the utility of trauma scoring systems, and outline steps necessary before such scoring systems can be reliably instituted in a resource-constrained setting.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Causality
  • Data Collection
  • Databases, Factual
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Hospital Bed Capacity, 500 and over
  • Humans
  • Injury Severity Score*
  • International Cooperation
  • Malawi / epidemiology
  • North Carolina
  • Patient Admission / statistics & numerical data*
  • Population Surveillance / methods*
  • Program Development
  • Registries / statistics & numerical data*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Wounds and Injuries / classification*
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*