Archive for October, 2016

NIH For Trauma Necessary to Support Civilian Acute Care Needs

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

In an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Todd Rasmussen, MD (DoD Combat Casualty Research Program) and Arthur Kellerman, MD (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences) propose the establishment of an NIH institute dedicated to trauma and emergency care research.

DoD funding represents more than 80 percent of the federal government’s annual investment in trauma care research, the authors point out. “Although this arrangement ensures the military relevance of federal research on trauma care, it provides little support for civilian priorities and leaves the field overly dependent on DoD funding.”

Rasmussen and Kellerman reference the June 2016 report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, which calls for a National Trauma Action Plan that integrates civilian and military trauma care capabilities. Establishing an NIH for trauma, they contend, will help to “drive the number of preventable deaths after injury down to zero.”

Read the article.

Stop the Bleed Initiative Plugged by CBS’s “Code Black” Cast Members

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Stop the Bleed, a nationwide campaign to educate bystanders on how to control bleeding related to traumatic injuries, just released a video featuring actors from “Code Black” in an effort to raise awareness about the campaign. Launched by the White House a year ago, the initiative is similar to longstanding efforts to engage citizens in first aid like administering CPR and using AED machines in emergency situations. By following the protocol, bystanders can act to staunch bleeding while waiting for help to arrive.

“Uncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and manmade disasters and from everyday accidents,” explained the White House when announcing the initiative in October, 2015. “If this bleeding is severe, it can kill within minutes, potentially before trained responders can arrive. Providing bystanders with basic tools and information on the simple steps they can take in an emergency situation to stop life threatening bleeding can save lives.” For more information, visit the Department of Homeland Security: HERE.

Watch the PSA on Youtube: HERE