Structure of the Group
The Group Traumabase® is a non-profitable organisation. The Group is constituted by its members based in the law of the 1st July 1901 and the decree of 16th August 1901, Number of release 20120030. The Group is governed by an official legally binding statutes and internal rules agreed by all members.
The organisation is governed by a Board, elected by all members every two years. The members of the board are re-eligible. All active members of the organisation can present their candidature. The Board meets at least once a year on invitation by the elected president.
The Board elects among its members a President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. They are elected for two years and can represent their candidature. The internal rules define the responsibilities and obligations of these representatives.
The Board also elects among its members a Scientific Committee. The Scientific Committee comprises seven members. All members of the Committee are members of the organisation, all members can present their candidature. The mandate lasts two years and can be renewed. A member of the Scientific Committee cannot be President, Vice-President, Treasurer or Secretary at the same time. The internal rules define the responsibilities and obligations of these committee members.
The internal rules specify matters of intellectual property of data, projects and publication rules. A copy of the internal rules and statutes are available on request.
The Group administers a prospective multi-center observatory of patients admitted after major trauma to the participating centers. This observatory consists of a database with more than 190 items on epidemiology and clinical characteristics. These items describe the management and clinical evolution from the management on scene and stay in intensive care and the hospital. A detailed list of all items is available on request.
All patients are included that present with at least one criterion of the triage algorithm of Vittel (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/262578394_Evaluation_of_the_performance_of_French_physician-staffed_emergency_medical_service_in_the_triage_of_major_trauma_patients). There are no exclusion criteria.
A pediatric version of the obervatory is in preparation.
The TraumaBase© obtained approval from the Institutional Review Board (Comité de Protection des Personnes, Paris VI,) from the Advisory Committee for Information Processing in Health Research (CCTIRS, 11.305bis) and from the National Commission on Informatics and Liberties (CNIL, 911461).
The structure of the database integrates numerous algorithms for consistency and coherence. A central administrator from the Laboratory of Biostatistics at the University Paris 7 assures the data monitoring.