I’m going to send out the next edition of the Trauma MedEd newsletter this coming weekend. I’m writing about a number of miscellaneous topics (Potpourri) that have intrigued me. And hopefully they will intrigue you as well.
Here are some of the topics:
Aspirin for DVT prophylaxis. A number of my orthopedic colleagues swear that this works, but I’ve been skeptical. What does the literature really say?
Outcomes of thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). This has become the treatment of choice in blunt traumatic aortic injury. How do these patients really fare over time?
Does MRI of the cervical spine assist in clearance? A look at the ReCONECT study.
As promised, the next Trauma MedEd newsletter will be released next week. Just in time for some light Christmas reading!
The topic is “Prevention.” Here are the areas I’ll be covering:
The American College of Surgeons requires all US trauma centers to engage in prevention activities. Unfortunately, there is frequently confusion about the role of the injury prevention coordinator, what kinds of programs are acceptable, and how local data needs to be included in prevention planning. I will cover all of this, and more, in the first part of the newsletter.
Curious about what others are doing out there? I’ll give you an idea of the most common prevention programs, and whether they are national programs or home grown.
I’ll review a few papers on the efficacy of trauma prevention programs.
Finally, I’ll give some tips on how to optimize the performance of your injury prevention coordinator and design effective programs.
All trauma centers in the US, and many in other parts of the world, are required to have injury prevention programs. Level I centers in the States are also required to have a named Injury Prevention Coordinator with a job description and salary support.
In this newsletter, I’m going to dig into the specifics of injury prevention. Some of the topics I will cover include:
Explaining the American College of Surgeons injury prevention requirements
A list of the most common types of injury prevention programs around the US
Efficacy of specific prevention programs (violence prevention, elderly falls)
Making your injury prevention coordinator great
Tips on designing an excellent trauma prevention program
This issue will be available sometime in mid-December. As usual, it will be emailed to all subscribers first. About two weeks later, I’ll make it available to all here on the blog.