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CNTR Investigation of Pre-Hospital Deaths Gets Underway

Funded with a $4 million Department of Defense grant, the Multi-Institutional Multidisciplinary Injury Mortality Investigation in the Civilian Pre-Hospital Environment (MIMIC)–a study proposed by the Coalition for National Trauma Research–is now underway....

During Trauma Awareness Month: A Program to Stop the Bleeding

Dr. Ronald Stewart, Chair of the Department of Surgery at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, has an audacious goal: to teach 200 million people a simple approach to stop life-threatening bleeding. As Chair of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on...

Trauma Surgeon Provides Sober Context for Alcohol Awareness Month

By Dr. Terrence Curran 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...

Advocacy Should Be Part of Every Surgeon’s Job

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...

Mangled Extremity Score Not a Reliable Predictor of Amputation

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...

Novel Markers of Mortality Identified in Combat Trauma

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...

USAISR Receives FDA Approval for Compensatory Reserve Indicator

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...

CDC Reports on Higher Death Rates in Non-Metro Areas

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....

NTI Board Member Gibran Earns Distinguished Alumna Award

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...

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

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...