Archive for November, 2009

NTI Board Member to Become ACS Executive Director

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

A nationally known trauma surgeon and a member of our own Board of Directors, Dr. David B. Hoyt will succeed Dr. Thomas R. Russell as executive director of the American College of Surgeons in January. We congratulate Dr. Hoyt on his new post, and we’re excited about what further opportunities this might bring for NTI to collaborate with ACS in the area of trauma.

Dr. Hoyt’s accomplishments in trauma research are many and include basic and clinical work in a variety of important areas related to trauma patients and trauma care systems. He has been the author or co-author of more than 480 publications. He’s been active in the work of the ACS Committee on Trauma since 1980 and served as chair from 1998-2002. He is a marvelous choice for executive director.

To learn more about Dr. Hoyt’s work, read the ACS press release on the appointment.

Ft. Hood Tragedy Brings Trauma of War to American Soil

Friday, November 6th, 2009

With our close ties to military medicine, we offer our most heartfelt condolences to the soldiers involved in yesterday’s horrific attack at Ft. Hood as well as their families.

Yesterday, as a distraught Army psychiatrist opened fire on his fellow soldiers at the Ft. Hood Army Post in Killeen, Texas, the horror of war was tragically asserted at home. Military families already under the stress of repeat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan found the relative safety of the post shattered, and Americans around the country reeled over the news. Thirty were injured and 13 killed in the attack.

After the rampage ended, newspapers report that the soldiers and medics who were at the deployment readiness center where the shooting took place sprang into action. Soldiers ripped belts and garments from their own bodies to create tourniquets to stop the wounded from bleeding and loaded victims into vehicles and rushed them to the nearest hospitals. The trauma on post was as severe as that seen in war, and many were well prepared to deal with such a mass casualty situation. We’re so proud of the men and women in uniform who do whatever it takes–whether at home or at war–to care for their fallen comrades.

Ft. Hood, our thoughts are with you.

2009 Paper Competition Winners Illuminate TBI issues, Explore a New Treatment and Analyze Quality Improvement

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Announced in the October issue of the Bulletin of the ACS, the Committee on Trauma’s annual 2009 Residents Trauma Papers Competition, co-sponsored by the National Trauma Institute, yielded four outstanding contributions to medical science.

The winning papers focus on:
-A new treatment for lethal septic shock (Elizabeth A. Sailhamer)
-Physiological predictors of intercranial hypertension in TBI patients (Alexios A. Adamides)
-Evaluation of a new head injury model (Capt. Reed B. Kuehn)
-Measuring quality improvement in a trauma ICU (Maj. Joseph DuBose)

NTI is proud to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the trauma field and congratulates these researchers for their important work. Regional submissions are now being accepted for the 2010 paper competition. For additional information, visit the ACS website or contact bblackwood@facs.org or call 312-202-5380.

New Rear Seat Belts the Result of Trauma Research

Friday, November 6th, 2009

With its introduction of the air-bag rear seat belt, Ford Motor Company continues the tradition of adapting trauma research to improve vehicle safety. Citing research that shows children and elderly people, who are more likely to be sitting in rear seats, suffer injuries related to the seat belt when involved in crashes, Ford developed a rear belt that inflates upon sensing an impact. The inflating belt disperses the impact of the crash over a much larger area of the body. It is expected to reduce injuries to the head, neck, chest and torso. Read the story in the New York Times.