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Col. Brian Eastridge greets MIMIC reviewers.

In September at the 2018 AAST meeting in San Diego, the MIMIC project team trained more than 30 trauma surgeons on how to use the Profiler tool to review and determine survivability of prehospital trauma deaths. With the first training completed, the “Multi-institutional Multi-disciplinary Injury Mortality Investigation in the Civilian Pre-Hospital Environment” (MIMIC) study is well underway.

The MIMIC investigation is designed to develop a comprehensive perspective of prehospital injury death, which will highlight opportunities for improvement in EMS, medical examiner, and trauma care systems.

As a first step, NTI has assembled review teams including more than 90 subject matter experts in the fields of trauma surgery, emergency medicine, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, trauma systems, and forensic pathology. Using the Profiler tool, the reviewers will perform more than 3,000 electronic reviews of pre-hospital injury deaths from data provided by six medical examiner sites across the country.

Profiler is the customized computer-based tool that allows online reviews to achieve the goals and timelines. Another training session is being held in October during the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) meeting for the Medical Examiner reviewers and abstracters.

Dr. Ellen MacKenzie, Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Dr. Kurt Nolte, with the National Association of Medical Examiners, serve as Co-Investigators along with Principal Investigator Dr. Brian Eastridge at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.