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Trauma & Casualty Care


Trauma care has improved dramatically.  A victim with near-fatal injuries who reaches the hospital alive is likely to survive. However, little progress has been made to treat patients in the critical period before they reach a treatment facility. As a result, most traumatic deaths occur in the pre-hospital setting and before any meaningful medical intervention becomes available. Translational research efforts are targeting the early phases of an injury in order to develop novel therapies and interventions for prehospital and early in-hospital trauma care.

CIMIT’s Trauma & Casualty Care Program works to facilitate projects that enable first responders to stabilize patients at the site of the casualty, offering critical care to the patient rapidly and effectively.  Several projects aim to explore solutions to stop internal and external bleeding as well as improve resuscitation and survival.

RELATED CIMIT PROGRAMS: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) & Neurotrauma, Traumatic Stress Disorders

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Trauma & Casualty Care Solutions
Develop new tools for first-responders that can quickly detect and reduce internal bleeding and leakage

Develop a method of rapidly lowering the body's temperature in the first moments of injury to help keep patients alive

Connect the pre-hospital ambulance and in-hospital trauma teams by telemedicine

Explore fluidless resuscitation as a method to decrease mortality and organ failures

» View all CIMIT-Funded Projects.


Recent Publications by CIMIT Investigators
Alam, H. B., Shults, C., Ahuja, N., Ayuste, E. C., Chen, H., Koustova, E., Sailhamer, E. A., Li, Y., Liu, B., de Moya, M., Velmahos, G. C. Resuscitation
Sep 4, 2007
Impact of Resuscitation Strategies on the Acetylation Status of Cardiac Histones in a Swine Model of Hemorrhage 2007
Sailhamer, E. A., Chen, Z., Ahuja, N., Velmahos, G. C., de Moya, M., Rhee, P., Shults, C., Alam, H. B. J Am Coll Surg 204(4):642-53 Profound Hypothermic Cardiopulmonary Bypass Facilitates Survival without a High Complication Rate in a Swine Model of Complex Vascular, Splenic, and Colon Injuries 2007
Velmahos, G. C., Spaniolas, K., Duggan, M., Alam, H. B., Tabbara, M., de Moya, M., Vosburgh, K. J Trauma 63(2):285-8, discussion 288-90 Abdomainal Insufflation for Control of Bleeding After Severe Splenic Injury 2007
Related Past CIMIT Forum and Events
Forum Nov. 10, 2009

Eric Bluman, MD, PhD: BWH, Foot and Ankle Center, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, HMS

COL Paul Pasquina, MD: US Army Medical Corps and Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center

Matt Mikosz: Hanger, Inc.

Henrik Malchau, MD, PhD: MGH and HMS

Cathryn Sundback, ScD: MGH

Lifei Guo, MD, PhD: BWH and HMS

Joseph S. Barr, Jr., MD: MGH and HMS

Care of the Wounded Warrior: Upper Extremity Injury
Forum June 9, 2009 Albert “Skip” Rizzo, PhD: Research Scientist and Research Professor, Institute for Creative Technologies and Dept. of Psychiatry/ School of Gerontology, USC Virtual Iraq/Afghanistan: Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy with Active Duty OIF/OEF Military Personnel with PTSD
Forum: Trauma and Critical Care Jan. 27, 2009

Matthew J. Martin, MD, FACS: Trauma Medical Director, Associate Residency Director, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington

David King, MD: MAJ, MC, USAR, Attending Trauma Surgeon, Attending Emergency General Surgeon, Attending Intensive Care Surgeon and Clinical Instructor in Surgery, MGH, HMS

"The Golden Hour" in Modern Combat Trauma: Different Battlefields, Same Problems

Continuity of Combat Casualty Care: The Case for Immediate Technological Improvement
Forum: Unraveling the Brain in Trauma and in Health Sep. 16, 2008

Van Wedeen, MD:

Marilyn Kraus, MD:
University of Illinois at Chicago

Mapping Brain Connectivity with Diffusion MRI

The Role of Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Traumatic Brain Injury

Forum: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Diagnosis & Therapy Apr. 1, 2008

Ross Zafonte, DO: Spaulding Rehab Hospital; MGH

Roger Pitman, MD: MGH

Traumatic Brain Injury Clinical Trials from the Past for the Future

Neurological Soft Signs in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Forum: Researchers Focus on Shock and Recovery Oct. 16, 2007 Carl Hauser, MD, FACE, FCCM; BIDMC, HMS

Alfred Ayala, PhD; Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University

Wolfgang Junger, PhD; BIDMC, HMS
Post-Resuscitation Injury - Translational Approaches to Cell Signaling in Shock and Resusciation

• Neutrophil Calcium Signaling in Shock and Trauma

• The Role of Systemic Immune Cell Signaling in Whole Body Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury

• Autocrine Regulation of Immune Cell Function

• Translational Application of Cell Signaling Biology to the Care of Sick Patients
CIMIT Summer Education Series 2007 Jul. 10,
Christopher Moore, PhD; MIT

Leigh Hochberg, MD, PhD; Brown
University, VA, HMS, MGH

Neurotechnology: Translating Basic Discoveries into
Clinical Promise

• Deciphering Cortical
Electrophysiological Signals
and their Applications
for Brain-Body Interfaces

Forum: Doctors Discuss Challenges of Traumatic Brain Injury May 22, 2007 Lee Schwamm, MD; MGH, HMS, MIT

Marc de Moya, MD; MGH, HMS

Mel Glenn, MD; Spaulding
• Acute and Chronic Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury

• A New Model of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
Forum: Researchers Discuss Advances in Battlefield Medicine May 8, 2007 Col. Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD; DARPA, Walter Reed, Johns Hopkins

Michael Callahan, MD, BTN & H, MSPH; DARPA
• Trauma Care and Soldier Performance
Forum: Experts Discuss Mass Casualty Incident Response Apr. 24, 2007 Sandy Bogucki, MD, PhD; Yale, US Dept. of Health & Human Services

Sheri Markwardt

Harvey Mudd
• Decoding Cortical Electrophysiology for the Detection of Seizures
Program News
CIMIT Awards Fellowship in Trauma Press Release July 20, 2010
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Soldier Systems April 18, 2010
Drug could turn soldiers into super-survivors NewScientist Jan. 27, 2010
Military rethinking 'golden hour' for injuries Aug. 25, 2009
Dr. Alam Elected as Mass. Chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Press Release Feb. 24, 2009
Made-for-the-military Products Put Brakes on Bleeding March 2, 2007
More in Massachusetts Get Drug for Stroke Boston Globe Oct. 20, 2006
Video: CIMIT Life-Saving Innovation
in Early Stage of Trauma.

Dr. Velmahos: CIMIT Life-Saving Innovation in Early Stage of Trauma

George Velmahos, MD, PhDProgram Leader

George Velmahos,

Program Leader,
Trauma & Casualty Care

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