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Consortium strives to identify best practices for severe extremity trauma

By Admin | June 30, 2023

Key takeaways:

  • The Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium aims to improve outcomes in severe extremity injuries.
  • The consortium has published 61 papers to increase awareness for extremity trauma care.

Military orthopedic surgeons experienced a surge of casualties with complex single or multiple extremity injuries during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Surgeons at level-1 trauma centers have experienced similar challenges for treating civilian patients with high-energy traumas. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Defense requested proposals for an inaugural peer-reviewed consortium grant to improve research and evidence for extremity war injury research, according to a press release from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The release noted trauma research teams from the Lower Extremity Assessment Project study, the Southeast Fracture Consortium and the Orthopaedic Trauma Research Consortium developed the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC), which received a grant from the Department of Defense in 2009 “to establish a clinical research platform infrastructure and initiate prospective clinical research targeted to infection, acute compartment syndrome and...(More)

For more info please read, Consortium strives to identify best practices for severe extremity trauma, by Healio

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