4,600 patients randomised
recruitment challenge has been intensified
We have raised the stakes and increased the monthly recruitment targets for the next 18 months of the trial. This is to ensure that there is no risk of us not achieving our final total of 20,000 patients. To date, we have achieved all our recruitment targets. The challenge is now on to ensure we continue to do so. The overall recruitment rate for the trial is about two patients per active hospital per month. As you can see from the graph below, some countries are achieving way above that rate. However, the rate varies widely from hospital to hospital. We need everyone to try and climb up to the blue line on the graph to ensure we reach our intended number of patients.
Khon Kaen University Hospital
Congratulations to Surakrant Yutthakasemsunt and his team at Khon Kaen Regional Hospital in Thailand for achieving the highest recruitment rate in the trial this month. Surakrant writes: "In KKH we care TBI patients both in trauma center (ward TM1) and the old trauma ward (ward TM2 in the picture). Located in Khon Kaen, a province in northeastern part of Thailand, KKH is an 800-bed tertiary care hospital with a trauma center. We have two neurosurgeons and one part time neurosurgeon and we care for about 3,000-5,000 TBI patients annually. TBI forms nearly half of our routine work here. The head of our surgical unit is Dr Somboon Tangkoolboriboon, head of trauma center is Dr Wittaya Chardbanchachai and the director is Dr Wittaya Tianjarupoonphol."
Hospital Luis Vernaza
Congratulations also to Mario Izurieta and his team at Hospital Luis Vernaza in Ecuador from expressing interest in October 2002 to achieving the highest rate of recruitment for South America (second highest in the world at the moment) in less than three months. "The Hospital, founded in 1564 is a General Hospital administered by the Welfare Board of Guayaquil. We have 782 beds and 84 more beds on the emergency ward. We receive patients from every city in Ecuador covering a population of almost four million people. Most of the patients admitted to our hospital are poor people. During the last year we admitted 19,184 patients to the emergency ward. We are the main trauma care hospital in our city, which has a population of 2.5 million people. There are two neurosurgeons on call everyday for surgical treatment of patients."
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