Archive for July, 2010

Shocking PSA Aims to Stop Texting While Driving

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

An incredibly disturbing public service announcement produced in the UK has been procured by the North and South Carolina regional Automobile Association of America (AAA) in its campaign to stop texting while driving. Titled “You Text – You Drive – You Die”, the video will air on 20 cable channels in the Carolinas starting this week.

Trauma surgeons like to say there are no vehicle accidents, collisions are caused by people deliberately doing stupid things. Nothing could be made more clear in this video. This is trauma, and it kills 170,000 people in the United States every year. Even with such graphic warnings, trauma surgeons will continue to try to put people back together after traumatic injuries like those shown in the video. Sometimes they are successful, but too often they’re not because they don’t have the right tools.

Help fund trauma research, and put more tools into the hands of trauma surgeons.

NTI’s Most Recent RFP Garners 92 Pre-Proposals

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

With the deadline closing last Friday, July 23, NTI saw 92 pre-proposals submitted for $2.8 million in available trauma research funding. The science committee now takes on the difficult task of reviewing them and choosing the most scientifically sound and promising, which will receive invitations to submit full proposals. The large number of high-quality pre-proposals is indication of a pent-up demand for trauma research and the great need to secure more funding.

Those who submitted pre-proposals can follow the status of their application here.

Stop the Bleeding Campaign Featured in SA Business Journal

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

NTI’s awareness and giving campaign, “Stop the Bleeding,” is featured in the Marketing & Media column in today’s issue of the San Antonio Business Journal.

Writer Andi Rodriguez describes the goals of the campaign and some of our strategies to build funding for trauma research, including our Times Square message asking people to text TRAUMA to 20222 to make a $10 donation.

Using Trauma Patients’ Own Blood Cuts Complications, Costs

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

In the July 19 issue of Archives of Surgery, Dr. Carlos Brown, medical director of trauma services at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, TX, provides evidence that reusing a trauma patient’s own blood has several positive benefits. Complications that can result from transfusions of donated blood include adverse reactions and risk of disease transmission, which are mitigated when the doctors capture, filter and return blood to the patient.

While reuse of patients’ blood is relatively common in planned surgeries, the same does not hold true in emergency surgeries such as those that occur following traumatic events like car collisions. Brown said that’s because there must be a specialist–a perfusionist–on staff who can perform the procedure. In light of the shortage of donated blood and the decreased risk from reusing blood, Brown believes that trauma centers should look to adopt the procedure more widely.

Read more about the study in this U.S. News story.

Boston Med Illuminates the Emergency Department

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Boston Med, a new ABC television series airing at 10:00 p.m./9:00 p.m. Central on Thursday nights , is bringing a dose of reality into America’s living rooms. A real-life drama filmed at Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women’s, and Children’s Hospital Boston, the documentary provides a behind-the-scenes look at the caregivers and their work.

We think this is a show that everyone needs to see in order to appreciate the heartwrenching work of trauma care personnel. It also is a reminder of the prevalence of trauma in our society and the need to continue to advance medical practice in order to reduce death and disability due to traumatic injury. Watch episodes online.

New VA Rules Make PTSD Diagnosis and Treatment Easier to Obtain

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

After nine years of war during which much has been learned about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its devastating effects, the Department of Veterans Affairs is changing the way it processes PTSD claims. Those serving in the military under circumstances other than frontline combat–such as guerrilla warfare, insurgent activity and in situations where it is difficult to distinguish between allies and threats–will now be able to apply for benefits related to PTSD. The VA is encouraging those previously denied PTSD benefits to reapply.

Read the story in today’s Washington Post.

NTI Launches Stop the Bleeding Website

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

To make it easier for people to locate our Stop the Bleeding giving and awareness campaign, we have launched a new website that provides information and an online donation function at

Through the site, insterested donors can read more about the imperative for trauma research funding, text a $10 donation or gain entry directly to our giving page, which has more options. Text TRAUMA to 20222 to donate $10 now!