Trauma Surgeon Provides Sober Context for Alcohol Awareness Month

Apr 18th, 2017

There is a disease that causes approximately 88,000 deaths each year in the United States, shortening the lives of those who die of it by an average of 30 years. It is responsible for 10% of deaths among adults aged 20-64 years and kills more than 4,000 children each year. The economic costs are estimated [...]

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Advocacy Should Be Part of Every Surgeon’s Job

Apr 10th, 2017

In a letter published in Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open April 3rd, surgeons Lewis Kaplan, Erik Barquist, Donald Jenkins and Orlando Kirton argue that more surgeons should be advocating for the trauma profession and for the benefit of trauma patients. Members of national organizations. “…need to embrace advocacy with the same vigor and dedication [...]

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Mangled Extremity Score Not a Reliable Predictor of Amputation

Mar 2nd, 2017

In a study with results published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (Vol. 82, No. 3), the PROspective Observational Vascular Injury Treatment (PROOVIT) group found that “Blunt injuries, vessel transection, popliteal injuries, and concomitant nerve and orthopedic injuries were associated with the need for amputation, and were more predictive than an isolated [...]

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Novel Markers of Mortality Identified in Combat Trauma

Feb 24th, 2017

This month, NTI board member, Deputy Chair of Surgery and Division Head of Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery at the University of Minnesota, Greg J. Beilman, MD, and colleagues published a study evaluating plasma metabolomics in combat trauma in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (Vol 82, No 2). The researchers hypothesized that succinate [...]

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USAISR Receives FDA Approval for Compensatory Reserve Indicator

Feb 6th, 2017

Collaborating with other scientists and engineers, the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research developed an algorithm that measures the body’s ability to compensate for blood loss, or the compensatory reserve. The compensatory reserve index (CRI) can predict when a patient is about to go into hemorrhagic shock. The device, which takes readings from a standard [...]

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CDC Reports on Higher Death Rates in Non-Metro Areas

Jan 17th, 2017

The January 13th edition of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) provides an assessment of the leading causes of death in non-metro and metro areas between 1999 and 2014, concluding that higher rates of death occur in non-metro areas of the U.S. After calculating age-adjusted death rates and potentially excess death in metro [...]

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NTI Board Member Gibran Earns Distinguished Alumna Award

Jan 9th, 2017

Dr. Nicole Gibran, professor and Director of the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center at Harborview Medical Center, has been honored by colleagues in the Alumni Association of Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) with its Distinguished Alumna Award. This annual award will be presented to Dr. Gibran in recognition of the significant impact she has had [...]

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Op-ed in JAMA Surgery Decries Limited Funding for Trauma Research

Jan 5th, 2017

Despite significant advances made in U.S. trauma care and systems over the past 50 years, traumatic injury continues to be an unacceptable and increasing societal burden, argues Kimberly Davis, MD, in an opinion piece published in JAMA Surgery in December. Davis is a professor in the Dept. of Surgery at Yale University and a member of [...]

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Senator-Elect Duckworth Calls for Better Integrated Trauma Care

Nov 23rd, 2016

In a Time magazine opinion piece, Illinois senator-elect Tammy Duckworth and Boston Marathon bombing victim Patrick Downes state their case for establishing a military-civilian trauma care partnership that can save lives. As a U.S. House member, Duckworth introduced the National Trauma Care System Act this legislative session, which would enact many of the recommendations published [...]

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Trial of Body Cooling Procedure Concludes–One Step Closer to Saving Lives

Nov 21st, 2016

The November 28, 2016 edition of The New Yorker reports that Baltimore’s Shock Trauma recently completed a trial of emergency preservation and resuscitation (EPR), a procedure that may be able to save patients who otherwise would die from exsanguination. It’s a procedure wherein the chest cavity of a bleeding patient is pumped full of ice-cold [...]

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NASEM Releases Video Illustrating Need for a National Trauma Care System

Nov 18th, 2016

To accompany its June 2016 report calling for improved trauma care in the U.S., the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine created a video that briefly illustrates the report’s main messages. Advances in military  trauma care achieved during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars can be translated to the civilian sector to improve trauma care [...]

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En Route Care and Training for Immediate Responders Explored in November JOT Supplement Covering 2015 MHSRS Proceedings

Nov 10th, 2016

Supplement 1 of the Journal of Trauma, Volume 81, No.5, carries multiple papers emanating from the 2015 Military Health System Research Symposium. Below are synopses of several. To read the entire supplement, click here. Machine learning and new vital signs monitoring in civilian en route care: A systematic review of the literature and future implications [...]

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New Book Celebrates the Progress of Trauma Care in America

Nov 7th, 2016

Dr. Catherine Musemeche is a student of medical history and a former pediatric surgeon who weaves vivid personal anecdotes throughout her comprehensive telling of the evolution of trauma care in America—from the Civil War through the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently published by University Press of New England, HURT—The Inspiring, Untold Story of Trauma [...]

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NIH For Trauma Necessary to Support Civilian Acute Care Needs

Oct 20th, 2016

In an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Todd Rasmussen, MD (DoD Combat Casualty Research Program) and Arthur Kellerman, MD (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences) propose the establishment of an NIH institute dedicated to trauma and emergency care research. DoD funding represents more than 80 percent of the federal government’s [...]

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Stop the Bleed Initiative Plugged by CBS’s “Code Black” Cast Members

Oct 11th, 2016

Stop the Bleed, a nationwide campaign to educate bystanders on how to control bleeding related to traumatic injuries, just released a video featuring actors from “Code Black” in an effort to raise awareness about the campaign. Launched by the White House a year ago, the initiative is similar to longstanding efforts to engage citizens in [...]

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