Archive for October, 2011

Veteran Affairs Polytrauma Center Opens in San Antonio

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

San Antonio’s newest medical center is one of just five polytrauma centers in the country for disabled veterans. Patients with traumatic injuries to more than one organ can now undergo rehabilitation in San Antonio, a city with a large active military and veteran population. The VA Polytrauma Center in San Antonio officially opened yesterday, but will not be fully functioning until the end of November.

Submit Abstracts for Advances in Trauma Conference Until Nov 30

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

NTI’s annual conference, titled “Advances in Trauma,” takes place in San Antonio May 10-11, 2012. Abstracts are being accepted through November 30th for presentations related to the use of computers, systems, and IT to drive patient care.

Submit an Abstract on NTI’s Meetings & Events page.

Trauma Survival May Be in the Genes

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Researchers at Princeton University have tracked the activity levels of two genes that regulate inflammation and recognition of harmful microbes. Published in PLoS Medicine, their study found that clear patterns of activity emerged for different categories of trauma patients. Those in the most severe outcome category showed a marked increase in infammation gene activity and a decrease in microbe recognition gene activity.

Because the level of those genes can be easily measured with existing blood tests, the researchers believe that trauma patient care may be able to be tailored, with those displaying the dangerous patterns provided greater attention, and those who don’t spared from needless intervention.

David B. Hoyt, executive director of the American College of Surgeons, trauma surgeon and NTI Board member, remarked that the results may be useful in developing drug trials to more precisely define their benefits.

Read More.

Trauma Patients Traveling Farther

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

New research published in Health Affairs October 5th indicates that, because financial problems have shut down hundreds of trauma centers across the country, trauma patients are traveling farther to get care. The study found that 69 million people had to travel farther in 2007 than they did in 2001—and for nearly 16 million of them, the added distance translated into at least 30 minutes of additional travel time.

The most affected parts of the country are high-poverty urban and rural areas. The longer travel time means a higher risk of death and adds to existing health disparities for these vulnerable populations. Read about the study in U.S. News.