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Trauma and Injury Prevention Section Newsletter - Spring 2014

Chair's Corner


Welcome to our Spring 2014 Trauma & Injury Prevention Section newsletter. (And what a winter it was!)

On the bright side, I’m thrilled to be able to report on both TIPS’ successful achievements in 2013, and some upcoming excitement for 2014.  Many of these developments have originated with our membership!  I welcome each of you to add your voice to whichever area within Trauma & Injury Prevention represents your passion

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Firearms Violence Subcommittee Update

JeffSankoffWhile I would hope to be writing today about how firearms violence is less of a scourge in America than it was six months ago, alas, this cannot be said. Fortunately though, those legislatures that had the courage to pass some forms of legislation pertaining to firearms - requiring mandatory background checks or restricting magazine capacity size - have held their course. Legal challenges have been launched in many of those jurisdictions though and those results remain to be seen.

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How to Advocate for Gun Safety in your State?

ElizabethJohnsonWho Should Be A Gun Safety Advocate?

Any physician, especially emergency physicians should be gun safety advocates.  In 2010, 31,076 Americans were killed by a firearm including homicide, suicide, and unintentional shootings1.  Firearms injuries accounted for 68% of all homicides2.  In the same year, 73,505 Americans were treated in the hospital for non-fatal gunshot wounds3.  Firearm injuries are the third leading cause of injury related deaths nationwide4

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Opioid Overdose

MichaelBotticelliOpioid overdose persists as a major cause of preventable death in the United States.  In 2010, more than 38,300 Americans died from drug overdose—more than 100 Americans every day.   Opioid pain relievers were involved in over 16,600 of these deaths, approximately four times the number of deaths a decade earlier in 2000.   When considered along with the approximately 3,000 overdose deaths involving heroin, these numbers present a stark picture of the dangers of opioid abuse in this country.

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Guidelines Subcommittee Update

AliRajaThe Guidelines Subcommittee has been actively engaging other trauma-related organizations in order to develop collaborative opportunities for TIPS members and emergency physicians in general.  We’ve had exceptionally positive responses from most of the organizations we have reached out to; two are worth mentioning...

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Concussions – Are emergency physicians being left on the sidelines?

RaukarAs the IOM report so eloquently stated, “In the past decade, few subjects at the intersection of medicine and sports have generated as much public interest as sports-related concussions”. Indeed, it seems that the topic of sports-related concussions has recently achieved rock-star level of notoriety. And it seems everyone has an opinion...

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A Collaborative Approach to Violence Prevention in Oakland California

LiaLosonczyWith over 1500 gun violence victims annually among a population of approximately 400,000, Oakland, CA is routinely considered to be among the most dangerous cities in the US, most recently ranked as 3rd most violent according to analysis of FBI statistics (as measured by violent crime per 100,000 residents). As providers at Oakland's public hospital and trauma center, we see the victims of that violence every day.

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Original Publications by TIPS Members

The severity of disparity: increasing injury intensity accentuates disparate outcomes following trauma.

Losonczy LI, Weygandt PL, Villegas CV, Hall EC, Schneider EB, Cooper LA, Cornwell EE, Haut ER, Efron DT, Haider AH.  J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014;25(1):308-20.

Pubmed ID: 24509028

Abstract: Objective. Studies have shown disparities in mortality among racial groups and among those with differing insurance coverage. Our goal was to determine if injury severity affects these disparities...

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