Trauma Verification


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Trauma verification is a multi-disciplinary inter-collegiate process to assist hospitals to analyse their systems of care. Trauma verification covers all phases of acute care from pre-hospital through to discharge and identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the hospital's trauma service. Trauma verification allows hospitals to benchmark their services against international standards. Trauma verification helps save lives, reduce waiting times and lower costs.

How trauma verification works

  1. Questionnaire - It all starts with the completion of a questionnaire detailing the strengths and improvement opportunities of a trauma service. This allows the site review team to focus on what's really relevant to our customer. The Pre-Review Questionnaire (PDF 596KB) is sent to the hospital 6 months prior to the date of the review and is returned at least 12 weeks prior to the review.
  2. On site review - The review team undertakes an audit of hospital resources, personnel and systems utilising a capability template known as The Model Resource Criteria (PDF 412KB). The essential criteria for provision of major trauma care in the Australasian hospital environment are considered at this stage. A 5-member multidisciplinary team first reviews the questionnaire and then discusses the responses with staff. On the day of the review the Site Review Team undertakes a detailed tour of the facility meets key clinicians and hospital management and undertakes medical chart reviews to verify the quality of trauma care being provided.
  3. Reporting - After review verbal feedback is provided on site. A detailed and comprehensive written report is provided to the authorising body within twelve weeks after review by an expert Trauma Verification Subcommittee.
  4. Certification - After the review where no critical deficiencies have been identified, the hospital receives a certificate valid for 3 years. After 3 years a return visit should be sought by the hospital.

Key benefits

Costs to undertake a Trauma Verification Review

For 2018, the following fees will apply for Australian Hospitals:

  • Trauma Verification Formal review AUD$16,595 (incl GST)
  • Trauma Verification Consultative review AUD$14,305 (incl GST)

For 2018, the following fees will apply for New Zealand Hospitals:

  • Trauma Verification Formal review NZD$18,565 (incl GST)
  • Trauma Consultative review NZD$16,000 (incl GST)

In addition, the hospital undertaking a Trauma Verification review is responsible for accommodation, and travel expenses for the review team as well as the dinner and breakfast meeting, all of which are part of the verification process.

Our satisfied customers

Map of Hospitals who have undergone Trauma Verification (PDF 207 KB)

More information

Trauma Verification Manual (PDF 641KB)
The Trauma Verification Review explained
Pre-Review Questionnaire (PDF 596KB)
The Model Resource Criteria (PDF 707KB)
The Model Resource Criteria (Paediatric) (PDF 753KB)
Impact of Preparation and Achievement of ACS Level 1 Trauma Verification (PDF 27KB)
Review of Trauma & Emergency Services Victoria (ROTES Report) (PDF 549KB)
Benefits, achievements and future directions


Trauma Verification Program Coordinator
Royal Australiasian College of Surgeons
Level 2, 59-69 Shafston Ave
Kangaroo Point QLD 4169 Australia

Telephone: +61 7 3249 2904