October 2014 News

October 2014 News

By: uwmweb Date: October 1st, 2014

HIPRC featured in the UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center 2014 Trauma Report

UW Medicine researchers at Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC) examine the causes of injury and methods of prevention. Collaborating with their peers nationwide, HIPRC investigators translate their findings into best clinical practices.
– Johnese Spisso (Chief Health System Officer, UW Medicine; Vice President, Medical Affairs, University of Washington) and Dr. Eileen Bulger, MD (Chief of Trauma, Harborview Medical Center; UW Professor of Surgery)

The UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center 2014 Trauma Report includes snapshots of the following HIPRC members and their studies:

  • HIPRC Director Dr. Monica Vavilala, MD and her study to determine how best to increase adherence and reduce barriers to adoption of the “Pediatric Guidelines for Acute Medical Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Infants, Children, and Adolescents.”
  • HIPRC Core Member Dr. Doug Zatzick, MD and his study published in the Annals of Surgery, that found that post-traumatic stress disorder and depression were very common among patients assessed one year after suffering a serious injury.
  • HIPRC Associate Member Dr. Melissa Schiff, MD, MPH and her study to determine incidence rates of injury among soccer players as well as risk factors that predispose some girls to soccer injuries.
  • HIPRC Core Members Dr. Eileen Bulger, MD, FACS and Rob Kaufman, BS and their study to conduct motor vehicle injury surveillance for occupant injuries among restrained car passengers in selected crashes to provide data that could improve the design and engineering of passenger vehicles.
  • HIPRC Core Member Dr. Fred Rivara, MD, MPH and his study on gun safety in conjunction with the City of Seattle and King County.
  • HIPRC Core Member Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH and her study that found that nearly half of Washington state’s distracted drivers were texting on mobile devices.

Full 2014 Trauma Report (.pdf)

Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence

A new resource co-developed by CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention and Prevention Institute. This brief shares research on connections between different forms of violence and describes how these connections affect communities. The purpose is to support those working to prevent violence in thinking strategically and creatively about:

  • Preventing all types of violence from occurring in the first place
  • Coordinating and integrating responses to violence in a way that recognizes these connections and considers the individual in the context of their home environment, neighborhood, and larger community

Download Connecting the Dots brief here
Download Connecting the Dots presentation slides here

CDC Expands Data Collection on Violent Deaths

Several states in our region are now part of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The $7.5 million in funding will expand NVDRS from 18 to 32 participating states, enabling greater collection of critical data on violent deaths.
Health departments in the following 32 states will collect state-level data on violent deaths over the next five years: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

HIPRC 2014 Summer Student Shan Modi to Attend 2015 Critical Care Congress

Congratulations to HIPRC 2014 Summer Student Shan Modi on the acceptance of his abstract to the 2015 Critical Care Congress in Phoenix, Arizona. His paper is titled “Cardiac Dysfunction in Adult Heart Donors & Temporal Changes of LV Systolic Function Over Time”. HIPRC mentors include Dr. Vijay Krishnamoorthy, MD (T-32 Postdoctoral Fellow, Anesthesiology) and Dr. Monica Vavilala, MD (Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology).

Fogarty Injury Scholar at HIPRC

Eunice Agyemang is a Ghanaian Fogarty Injury Scholar who will be in Seattle for training activities, including non-matriculated courses at the University of Washington starting September 20th. She will be taking courses in Injury & Violence, Current Issues in Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Problems in Global Health, and Implementing Research in Advanced Nursing Practice. Eunice is being mentored by Dr. Charles Mock, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS (Professor of Surgery, Epidemiology, and Global Health) and Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services).