In Québec, two centres of expertise for adult severe burn patients were formally designated in 2004-2005, one in the western region and the other in the east, to cover the entire province and meet the specific needs of this particular subgroup of trauma patients. During the last evaluation cycle of the centres of expertise, which was conducted in 2010, certain recommendations were made to these centres, including one to ensure a regular process of jointly analyzing clinical and administrative data using recognized indicators specific to severe burn patients, both in acute care and in rehabilitation.
The aim of the present guide is to support the updating of this recommendation by identifying descriptive statistics and quality indicators for the portrayal of severe burn patients and measurement of the quality of the care and services provided by the designated centres of expertise.
Thirty descriptive statistics and 36 quality indicators were identified for the portrayal and quality monitoring of severe burn patients. Thirteen statistics pertain to the description of the patient and the burn injury, while the others concern the care episodes at different stages of the service continuum. As for the quality indicators, one was selected for the pre-hospital stage, 23 for the hospital/acute care phase, and 12 for rehabilitation.