National Trauma Systems Meeting

  • Date: 08 February 2020
  • Time: 09:00 - 12:30
  • Category: General events,  Surgical 
  • Location: RCSI 123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

The inaugural meeting of the National Trauma Systems will take place on Saturday, 8 February 2020 in RCSI, St Stephen’s Green.

National Trauma Systems – the implications for surgeons present and future

The advent of trauma networks has been clearly shown to improve outcomes for trauma patients. The benefits arise in part from the concentration of these cases in certain units so that that they treat a sufficient volume of patients to maintain trauma specific skills. This, along with the advances in trauma care that have occurred as a result of the experience of military surgeons in conflict situations, has changed how, when, where and by whom trauma surgery is delivered.

While more trauma cases can be treated non-operatively or with interventional radiography decisions regarding this should be made by surgeons. The range of surgical procedures where these are not options is increasing and it remains true that trauma is a surgical disease. The most reversible life-threatening condition in trauma is hemorrhage and hemorrhage control is the gift of the trauma surgeon. Specific roles for trauma surgeons have been defined, as has the training and expertise required to fulfil these roles.

This meeting aims to discuss these issues in the context of the planned A Trauma System for Ireland. Speakers will include experienced trauma surgeons from the UK and representatives of the National Trauma Office. It is hoped that it will inform surgeons how the system will look and give them an idea of what role they may play. It will also guide interested trainees wishing to pursue a career in trauma surgery.


Registration for the meeting is compulsory, but free of charge. CPD credits will be available. You can register your attendance online now.


For all queries, please contact the RCSI Conference and Events Department.