The Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) Regional Trauma Registry began data collection in 1999. COTS Regional Trauma Registry was established to trend meaningful trauma data at the local level. Hospitals contribute trauma-related pre-hospital, inpatient and disposition data to the COTS Registry. Currently, twenty-three hospitals voluntarily participate in submitting trauma data to the COTS Regional Trauma Registry.
Ohio law mandates that hospitals report specified trauma data to the Ohio Trauma Registry (OTR). Ohio Revised Code allows regional registries such as COTS to submit data to the OTR on behalf of hospitals. COTS Registry has incorporated all the data elements required by the OTR with the addition of a few additional data elements in order to gain an accurate picture of trauma specific to the Central Ohio region. For more information on the data elements collected on trauma patients in the region see COTS Data Elements Instruction Manual.
COTS’ Registry data is used in a number of ways. COTS creates confidential benchmarking reports for participating hospitals so they can make improvements in trauma care provided to their patients. COTS works with Columbus Public Health to produce a biennial community injury report depicting how and where victims are being injured in central Ohio so that local injury prevention colleagues can conduct targeted injury prevention programming.
COTS aggregate data is available upon request to local governments, injury prevention groups and to researchers who need local injury data. To request data from COTS, see COTS Data Request Policy.
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