Archive for July, 2009

ABC News Visits America’s Busiest Trauma Center

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Last night, the ABC news program Nightline included a fascinating story going inside the nation’s busiest trauma center — at Houston’s Memorial Hermann Medical Center. One of our board members was interviewed in the piece, Dr. John B. Holcomb, a practicing trauma surgeon at Memorial Hermann and Chief, Division of Acute Care Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

If you missed the story in its original broadcast, you can view it here on the ABC News site. (The story airs on the website’s video player after a brief commercial.)

The story shows the challenges of working in a Level 1 Trauma Center, with an initial, painful reminder that trauma affects people of all ages — including young children — who are seriously and even critically injured in vehicular accidents, fires and other unexpected emergencies.

Working in a Level 1 Trauma Center is especially challenging in a city like Houston. Houston has only two Level 1 Trauma Centers for a metropolitan area of more than 5 million people, in part because of the damage sustained by Galveston’s medical facilities during Hurricane Ike. (As the story notes, the American College of Surgeons recommends one Level 1 Trauma Center in operation for every million people.) Memorial Hermann’s trauma care unit is often at capacity, with medical teams working steadily to care for seriously and critically injured patients, sometimes flown in by helicopter from as far as 150 miles away.

Kudos to ABC News for highlighting trauma care in this well-done report. For anyone wanting to know more about the state of trauma care in the United States, it’s well worth watching.

Mass Casualty Topic: Imperative for Military and Civilians

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

If you are involved in emergency and trauma care, don’t miss this year’s Annual Trauma Symposium in San Antonio on August 31 and September 1. Army Surgeon General LTG Eric B. Schoomaker will be opening the symposium, leading into the first morning’s weighty topic: innovations in mass casualty response from both military and civilian perspectives.

Wartime immediately calls to mind mass casualty situations resulting from intense fighting and the dropping of bombs; but on the civilian side, incidents like hurricanes, train wrecks and terrorist acts can turn any unsuspecting treatment center, school gymnasium or shelter into a triage unit. So the information provided in this first session will be valuable to healthcare professionals who serve in any capacity.

Beginning with a basic overview of the challenges involved in responding to mass casualty situations, military and civilian doctors from the United States and Israel will go on to detail techniques tested under fire for stabilizing patients, treating extremity injuries, coordinating blood supplies and activating a triage hospital.

Register for the Symposium Now!

NTI In the News Twice This Past Week

Monday, July 20th, 2009

You may have seen NTI in the news twice this past week.

Last Monday, we officially announced our upcoming trauma symposium with a press release, already picked up by a number of major online news sites through the PR Newswire distribution service. We’re excited to be bringing LTG Eric B. Schoomaker, the U.S. Army Surgeon General, as one of 125 trauma experts, for a two-day conference including a focus on mass casualty response. If you haven’t registered yet, go to this page of our site for more info.

Also, this past Friday, the San Antonio Express-News announced Congress’s approval of a $2.5M grant, through the House Appropriations Committee, to the National Trauma Institute for research related to combat injuries. The article notes that bill still must be signed by President Obama — we’ll have more details on this as it develops.

Welcome to the NTI Blog

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

We’re proud to be launching the National Trauma Institute blog — it’s part of our new website launch package, making info about trauma and trauma research more accessible than ever before.

Look to this site for news, announcements, information and links pertaining to trauma, trauma research, and any new developments at NTI.