The study will analyse data from patients included in the National Ambulance Service (NAS) electronic Patient Care Record (ePCR) dataset and the National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA) Major Trauma Audit (MTA) dataset.
The study concerns trauma patient data for the years 2020-2022. This will include demographic information (such as age and sex), incident details (fall/vehicle accident etc.) and clinical observations (blood pressure etc.). First, we will join the data from the ePCR and MTA datasets. Then we will identify characteristics determining the need to bring patients to a larger major trauma centre or trauma unit.
Methods to protect patient identity
Patient data in the ePCR and MTA datasets will be pseudonymised. This means any information that could identify an individual will be replaced with a value to prevent an individual being identified. The study team do not have access to the data key to identify individuals. When the datasets are linked, the data will be anonymised. This means the study team cannot identify you within the study.
Steps to exercise data protection rights
Under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) you have the right to access, rectify, erase, restrict or object to processing, and data portability.
If you were a trauma patient during 2020-2022 and wish to withdraw your data from the study, please contact us by email. Please note, once the data is anonymised, it will not be possible to identify you in the dataset. Therefore, we cannot remove you from the dataset.
Should you wish to exercise the rights set out above at any stage of the study please contact us by email.
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