Winning NSW Trauma App team members - Institute of Trauma and Injury Management (ITIM) Manager, Christine Lassen, Lismore Base Hospital Emergency Physician, Yashvi Wimalasena and ITIM Project Manager, Ben Hall with their trophy at the recent Australian National Innovation Awards.

A Trauma App developed by a team including Lismore Base Hospital Emergency Physician Yashvi Wimalasena has won the Public Sector and Government Market Division at the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) National iAwards in Melbourne.

The app provides trauma clinicians with real time clinical guidance and information such as flight and drive times to NSW hospitals, hospital blood stores, and specialty capabilities of NSW Health facilities.

The Trauma App contains specialised medical calculators, guidelines, and checklists from NSW trauma hospitals and speciality services as well as pre-hospital and retrieval providers.

The pre-hospital component of the app was the brainchild of Dr Wimalasena and two fellow Retrieval Specialists in the Greater Sydney Area Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (GSA HEMS).

“Winning this award was very exciting as it was the culmination of many years of hard graft,” Dr Wimalasena said.

“The NSW Trauma App is a breakthrough innovation to support clinicians in caring for their trauma patients and ensuring they are able to meet each patient’s specific needs.”

The award recognises the collaborative effort of numerous NSW Health agencies, clinicians and staff, including statewide trauma and burns services, ambulance, retrieval, pathology services, and specialist trauma centres across the state.

Through the app, clinicians can locate blood products to provide appropriate blood transfusions to critically injured patients prior to admission to hospital, something that was previously only available once patients reached hospital.

ITIM’s Clinical Director, Dr Michael Dinh, said evidence suggests modern, interactive decision-support tools, such as the NSW Trauma app, contribute to reduced medical errors and improved patient outcomes.

“Trauma is the most common cause of death in the first half of life,” said Dr Dinh.

“With trauma clinicians in more than 200 hospitals across NSW, resources must be accessible immediately, whether at the scene of an accident, in a rural hospital, or in a major trauma centre.”

The Trauma App includes GPS tracking to provide real time information for all NSW hospitals, including flight and drive time from a patient’s current location and hospital capabilities, Burns units and Paediatric units.

The app is now being used by NSW Health, NSW Ambulance, Queensland Health and the New Zealand Major Trauma National Clinical Network. Recent monitoring shows that in the past 18 months 9622 clinicians used the app for over 31,084 clinical sessions in caring for injured trauma patients.