Major Trauma kills 14 people each day in England and thousands more are left with lasting disabilities. The NHS is tackling this by reorganising and coordinating care for the most seriously injured. The East of England Trauma Network is responsible for improving care for major trauma patients throughout the six counties, and as part of it's remit, has published the Trauma East Manual of Operations and Procedures (TEMPO).
Tempo aims to provide all those involved in the care of major trauma patients in the east of England region with additional information and guidance that will improve the care they give. Based on the successful Ministry of Defence Clinical Guidelines for Operations, it adds to our existing knowledge by highlighting areas that are new or need emphasising within our trauma network. It doesn’t aim to replace any of the many comprehensive books, but complements them instead.
Through standardising much of the journey of the trauma patient TEMPO helps us all as we move around the region and easily forms the foundation of teaching across the network. It is designed as a quick reference tool that is easily used, and through its use we will develop it further. This 2nd version of TEMPO has involved hundreds of clinicians, managers and commissioners across the region to whom we are very grateful. Their expertise and enthusiasm has motivated us all. We will continue to develop and evolve TEMPO to meet your needs. Your thoughts and comments are always useful and will be collected by your Trauma Committee for future versions.