The injured patient needs to be delivered to the most appropriate facility that can adequately deal with the injuries and not the closest available facility. This has led to the development of specific levels of trauma care that can be provided by a specific hospital based on international standards. The Trauma Society of South Africa recognizes 4 levels of trauma care and provides accreditation certificates for both private and state hospitals with respect to this level of trauma care.

LEVEL 1

Hospital

Capable of providing leadership and total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation, and have 24-hour availability of all major specialties with a trauma surgeon as director.

LEVEL 2

Hospital

Able to provide initial definitive trauma care regardless of the severity of injury, with 24-hour medical cover, including the common specialties.

LEVEL 3

Hospital

Prompt assessment, resuscitation, basic emergency operations and stabilisation, and arrangement for transfer to a facility that provides definitive trauma care.

LEVEL 4

Hospital

Provide basic trauma life support before patients are transferred for definitive care.

The cost of accreditation is R5000 plus auditor travel costs. A pre-accreditation review can be done on request, the cost of this is R3000 plus auditor travel costs.

Should you be interested in having your Hospital trauma accredited please contact the TSSA at secretary@traumasa.co.za