May 3, 2013- Anahita Dua, MD, a CeTIR Trauma Research Fellow, won the best poster prize in the Posters of Distinction session at this year's annual congress for the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. Dr. Dua's project was "Comparison of Military and Civilain Popliteal Artery Trauma Outcomes." Due to differences in injury patterns, Dr. Dua and colleagues compared modern management and outcomes of popliteal artery injuries in civilian and military trauma patients. Dr. Dua reviewed numerous variables between the two groups, including demographics, injury severity, interventions and secondary amputation rates. She was awarded a certificate and cash prize for best poster.
Established in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan, National Trauma Awareness Month is an opportunity to dedicate time and resources to increase education, research and injury prevention, as well as an opportunity to acknowlegdge the advancements made in the improvement of the care of critically injured patients.
This year's theme is 'If You're Distracted, We're Impacted.' Check out the American Trauma Society and the Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving for more information.
During a routine team practice, Univeristy of Houston Defensive Back, D.J. Hayden was hit in the sternum, rupturing his vena cava. After quick responses by trainers and EMS, D.J. was brought to Memorial Hermann's Texas Trauma Institute where he underwent emergency surgery. With the help of the Texas Trauma Institute surgeons and team, D.J. has made a remarkable recovery after sustaining this life-theartening injury.
The 2012 Research Forum and C. Frank Webber Prize Competition took place on October 23rd, 2012 at the UTHealth Medical School. This forum is sponsored by the Office of Educational Programs and allows medical students who are between their first and second year to present the results of their summer research for the faculty and peers to review. Numerous students presented that were mentored by CeTIR faculty over this past summer. Their research projects covered a variety of topics, including the use of thromboelastography, sepsis, damage control laparotomy, cirrhosis and coagulopathy, and imputation methods for missing data in trauma trials, all with the common goal of improving treatment and outcomes for critically injured patients.
October 19, 2012 - CeTIR's Clinical Program Manager, Jeanette Podbielski, RN, CCRP, presented a "Template for Successful Organization of an Academic Multicenter Trauma Trial," at the 4th Annual Conference of the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses in Houston, TX. The presentation was selected as part of an abstract session on Challenges in Clinical Research Management and Networking. With her extensive clinical research experience, Ms. Podbielski presented the necessary components and helpful guidelines to follow for the development and implementation of a complex clinical trauma trial from creating a realistic timeline, selecting study team members, identifying levels of regulatory approval to creating an organizational structure.
CeTIR postdoctoral fellow, Elaheh Rahbar, Ph.D., has been selected to receive a Young Investigator Award for her abstract titled "Plasma Oncotic Pressure is Reduced in Transfused Trauma Patients" being presented at the 2012 Resuscitation Science Symposium of the American Heart Association. This award is given to the top scoring abstracts submitted by early career investigators in cardiac and trauma resuscitation science.
On July 31st, 2012, the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston received final approval to begin enrollment for the Pragmatic, Randomized Optimal Platelet and Plasma Ratios (PROPPR) study. This Phase III, twelve site clinical trial will compare the safety and efficacy of 1:1:1 transfusion ratios of plasma and platelets to red blood cells with a 1:1:2 ratio. This study will help to determine which blood transfusion combination will provide the best outcomes for trauma patients. The knowledge that can be gained from this study could impact the way in which patients who are severely bleeding are transfused, and lower the amount of otherwise preventable deaths resulting in hemorrhagic shock.