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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NTI Past Chair Jenkins and Colleague Grabo Share Lessons from War

Sep 21st, 2016

In a Scranton Journal story about how military surgeons rediscover and refine treatments from the past while saving lives on the battlefield, Donald Jenkins, MD, and Daniel Grabo, MD, talk about the concept of “damage-control surgery” conducted in austere environments. While deployed in Oman and treating severely injured soldiers who needed blood transfusions, Dr. Jenkins [...]

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New Jersey Trauma Surgeon Provides a Dose of Reality in Star-Ledger Op-Ed

Sep 20th, 2016

Dr. Terrence Curran, a trauma and critical care surgeon at Morristown Memorial Hospital, wrote an op-ed for the New Jersey Star-Ledger in support of introduced legislation to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. He suggests that widespread public education campaigns are needed to change behaviors and lower the toll of traumatic injury on [...]

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NTI Shares Lessons Learned Over a Decade of Study Management

Sep 8th, 2016

Just published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (Vol 81, No 3), “The National Trauma Institute: Lessons learned in the funding and conduct of sixteen trauma research studies” analyzes and discusses how funded researchers approached obtaining regulatory approval, enrolling patients, navigating the Exception from Informed Consent process, coordinating multiple study sites and [...]

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Needs Based Assessment of Trauma Systems Tool Unveiled in ACS Bulletin

Sep 6th, 2016

Controversy surrounding the number and location of designated trauma centers in the U.S. has led to much discussion and the emergency of two camps: one in favor of restraining the proliferation of centers and one in favor of allowing individual institutions to decide for themselves whether to pursue designation. Following the convening of a consensus [...]

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