Thanks to NIH funding, MCIRCC now offers a multi-year, multidisciplinary training program for advanced training in emergency critical care research. After we interviewed David Machado-Aranda in May, we now turn to Cindy Hsu, MD, PhD, whose K12 research focuses on using valproic acid (VPA) to improve the outcomes of patients who endure out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the single largest cause of death in the United States. Coronary angiograms, x-rays that reveal the flow of blood through the heart’s pathways, are often used to diagnose and guide CHD treatment.
Most Americans are privileged in that if we suffer a serious injury, we’re able to call an ambulance and be rushed to the necessary level of care. Unfortunately, our troops abroad do not have that luxury. As wars become more dangerous, battlefields become more isolated.
The journey for intensive care unit (ICU) patients is immensely difficult. Not only do they have to survive their initial injuries or illnesses, they have to overcome surgeries, drug therapies and the risk of infection. During this time, patients are immobilized in bed for prolonged periods and many are attached to mechanical ventilators which assist in their breathing. This immobilization can last for weeks.
In June, three MCIRCC multidisciplinary research teams received Prolonged Field Care Research Awards from the Department of Defense’s Combat Casualty Care Research Program (CCCRP). These awards call for the development of next-generation diagnostics, monitoring, resuscitation, and stabilization methods for prolonged field care (PFC) and prolonged damage control resuscitation (pDCR).
When first responders are faced with the challenge of caring for a patient with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), whether that be in the Emergency Room, out in the field, or on the front lines, two dilemmas usually come to mind: what is the extent of their initial injury, and are there any secondary injuries underway?
Affecting more than 1 million Americans each year, sepsis is the leading cause of in-hospital death and costs the healthcare system more than $20B annually. Because the diagnosis and treatment of the disease is extremely challenging, researchers at the University of Michigan are working to develop a sensor that would reduce recovery time for patients, saving hospitals millions of dollars.
Medical emergencies cause a high number of vehicle crashes. University of Michigan researchers have teamed up with Toyota to examine whether new vehicle technology could predict — and potentially prevent — such scenarios.