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Dr. Colella to Lead Community-wide Clinical Trial on Drug for Traumatic Brain Injury

Mar. 30 - Dr. M. Riccardo Colella (Emergency Medicine) will lead a community-wide clinical trial beginning May 15 to test whether patients who have life-threatening or life-altering traumatic brain injuries do better when they receive a medication called Tranexamic Acid, which is used to stabilize bleeding in the body. Wauwatosa Now and Milwaukee Courier

MCW injury research expert featured in USA Today story about carrying guns on some campuses

Mar. 27 - Stephen Hargarten, MD, MA, professor and chair of emergency medicine, was interviewed for a USA Today story about a proposal to allow students to carry guns on some Nevada campuses. Dr. Hargarten questions the adequacy of the proposed training for those who wish to carry firearms. USA Today

Second annual Carrie Falk Memorial Lecture planned for April 16

Mar. 25 - The second annual Carrie Falk Memorial lecture will be held Thursday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m. in Clinical Cancer Center room M. The invited speaker is David E. Weissman, MD, who will give a presentation titled, The courage to start a difficult conversation: setting goals of care in the acute setting. The event is targeted at faculty, residents, and allied health professionals.

Injury Research Center Models Violence Prevention Project on Wales’ Program

Feb. 23 - MCW’s Injury Research Center received a one-year, $194,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice to translate a violence prevention model to the Milwaukee area. The project is modeled on a program in Cardiff, Wales that engages law enforcement, the health care sector, public health, and other stakeholders. The project is led by Dr. Stephen Hargarten, Dr. Michael Levas and Jennifer Hernandez-Meier, MSW. Wauwatosa Now

Dr. Derse Advises Caution, More Study before Allowing Three-Parent Babies

Feb. 18 - In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dr. Arthur Derse recommends caution and further study before human studies are conducted on genetic modification of human embryos, so-called three-parent babies. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Melzer-Lange Elected Milwaukee County Medical Society President

Feb. 17 - Dr. Marlene Melzer-Lange (Pediatrics – Emergency Medicine) was elected President of the Medical Society of Milwaukee County’s Board of Directors. Biz Times

Dr. Rubin Notes that Cold, Snowy Weather Drives Spike in Patients with Slips, Falls

Feb. 12 - Dr. Jonathan Rubin tells CBS-TV/Channel 58 that when weather turns cold and snowy, it is common to have a handful of patients arrive in the emergency department each hour who have suffered slips and falls. CBS 58

Dr. Tom Aufderheide named Giant of Resuscitation Medicine

Feb. 6 - The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), an organization that serves as a liaison for resuscitation organizations across the globe, has named Tom Aufderheide, MD, a “Giant of Resuscitation Medicine.”

Dr. Melzer-Lange Discusses Emotional, Physical Scars of Firearm Injuries

Jan. 27 - Dr. Marlene Melzer-Lange provides expert comment in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the emotional and physical scars carried by adults who survived firearms injuries when they were children. The article provides background information on Project Ujima, a joint program of MCW and Children’s, to prevent childhood violence and provide support to pediatric victims of violence. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Research Center receives grant to pilot the Cardiff Model

Jan. 26 - The Injury Research Center (IRC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) received a one-year, $194k grant from the National Institute of Justice to investigate the feasibility of translating a violence prevention model developed in Cardiff, Wales, to the Milwaukee area.

Caring for gunshot victims

Jan. 5 - Wisconsin Public Radio did a series of stories about gun violence in Milwaukee. As part of the series, Stephen Hargarten, MD, professor and chair of emergency medicine and director of the injury research center at MCW, was interviewed about advances in care for gunshot victims, and the value and importance of the Level 1 trauma center at Froedtert Hospital. Wisconsin Public Radio

Woman transcends scars both seen and unseen

Jan. 20 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiles a young woman who was shot by a stray bullet at the age of five. Marlene Melzer-Lange, MD, professor of emergency medicine, medical director of emergency services at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and director of Project Ujima, discusses the impact of violence and fear on young children. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Hargarten Discusses How Firearm Injuries Lead to a Diminished Quality of Life

Jan. 5 - In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, Dr. Stephen Hargarten (Emergency Medicine) discusses the diminished quality of life for individuals who survive firearm injuries. In 2014, 650 people in Milwaukee were either killed or injured by firearms. WPR

Dr. Colella Discusses Emergency Protocol Errors in Care for Injured Kickboxer

Jan. 5 - Dr. M. Riccardo Colella (Emergency Medicine; Medical Services Director for Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services) comments on protocol errors that were made in the emergency care provided to an injured kickboxer in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigative report on the dangers associated with kickboxing. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Limiting rest helps young concussion patients

Jan. 5 - A study published in Pediatrics found that one or two days rest for young concussion patients may be more beneficial to recovery than a longer period of inactivity. Danny Thomas, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatric emergency medicine, led the study. New York Times

MCW researcher works with Milwaukee EMS to find most effective treatments for cardiac arrest

Dec. 18 - Tom Aufderheide, MD, professor of emergency medicine and director of MCW’s Resuscitation Research Center, explained the community-wide research project to evaluate new methods to treat cardiac arrest on WUWM-FM’s Lake Effect program. WUWM FM

Journal Sentinel Notes Concerns about Freestanding Emergency

Dec. 1 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article raises concerns about the development of freestanding emergency departments by Froedtert & MCW and ProHealth Care. Froedtert & MCW are planning a $13 million freestanding emergency department at Moorland Reserve Health Center in New Berlin. ProHealth Care is constructing a $38 million freestanding emergency department in Mukwonago. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Aufderheide Discusses NIH-Funded Cardiac Arrest Clinical Trial on Chest Compressions

Dec. 1 - In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, Dr. Tom Aufderheide discusses an NIH-funded cardiac arrest clinical trial to determine which of two chest compression techniques used by emergency responders provides the best outcomes. Milwaukee is one of 11 North American cities where the clinical trial is being conducted. WPR

Emergency Department Expansion Planned for Moorland Reserve Health Center

Nov. 24 - Froedtert & MCW announced plans to build a $13 million, 15,000 square foot Emergency Department addition to the Moorland Reserve Health Center. The project, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2016, needs to receive approval from the New Berlin Plan Commission. Milwaukee Business Journal, Fox 6 Now, Biz Times, GM Today, New Berlin Now

Ibuprofen as effective as morphine for fracture pain in children

Nov. 5 - New research shows ibuprofen is as effective as morphine in treating the pain from fractures in children. Amy Drendel, MD (emergency medicine) was a co-author of the study. Grand Forks Herald

Overdose risks of Benadryl

Nov. 5 - Mark Kostic, MD was interviewed by WTMJ-TV about the risks of diphenhydramine, the active medication in Benadryl. A 12-year old girl died from an overdose of the drug. WTMJ 4

Dr. Hargarten Discusses Advances in Handgun Technology

Sept. 16 - In a report of Wisconsin Public Radio, Dr. Stephen Hargarten discusses promising advances in which a handgun will only fire when the gun owner is wearing a watch that electronically disables a trigger lock. The technology could help address the problem of children being injured by loaded handguns. WPR

Wisconsin’s First Air Medical Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Sept. 04 - Aviation Today recognizes the 30th anniversary of Flight for Life, Wisconsin’s first air medical program. The article notes that a MCWAH second or third year resident in Emergency Medicine is onboard for medical emergency flight runs. Aviation Today

Belize Health Care Personnel Receive Emergency Medicine Training

Aug. 19 - For the fourth year, MCW’s Department of Emergency Medicine and the Office of Global Health provided formal training for doctors, nurses, and EMT personnel from Belize’s hospital with the busiest emergency department. Wauwatosa Now

MCW provides emergency medicine training to Belize’s busiest ER

Aug. 13 - A team of doctors, nurses, and EMT personnel from the nation of Belize has completed two weeks of intensive training with emergency medicine specialists in Milwaukee to strengthen the capabilities and response development of Belize’s busiest emergency department.

Research by Dr. Hargarten Cited in Journal Sentinel Editorial on Drunk Driving Laws

Aug. 13 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial calling for stricter drunk driving laws cites research by Dr. Stephen Hargarten that found that most drunken drivers are first offenders. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Injury Research Center Produces Updated Report on Suicide Burden in Wisconsin

Aug. 04 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten tells Wisconsin Health News that suicide remains a significant health burden for Wisconsin. MCW’s Injury Research Center joined with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Mental Health America of Wisconsin to produce an updated report on suicides in the state. Between 2007 and 2011, Wisconsin averaged 724 suicide deaths annually. Wisconsin Health News, and WXOW 19

MCW to Provide Advanced Emergency Medicine Training to Belize Hospital Physicians, Nurses

July 30 - MCW’s Department of Emergency Medicine has entered into a relationship with the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize and the Belize Ministry of Health in which MCW will provide advanced training in emergency medicine to the hospital’s doctors and nurses. Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has the largest and busiest emergency department in Belize. The Guardian

Dr. Lunoe Reports on Effectiveness of Jet-Injected Lidocaine for Reducing Venipuncture Pain

July 22 - In a presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Dr. Maren Lunoe reported that jet-injected lidocaine is superior to vapocoolant spray in reducing venipuncture pain in children under seven years of age. The Oncology Report

Director of Homicide Review Commission Helped Establish Firearm Injury Registry

July 03 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiles Mallory O’Brien, Director of the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission. O’Brien formerly worked at MCW where she assisted Dr. Stephen Hargarten in developing the Wisconsin Firearm Injury Registry. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Brousseau Contributes to Study on Working Parents Utilizing Urgent Care for Sick Children

July 01 - Dr. David Brousseau is a contributing author to a University of Michigan-led study published in Pediatrics that found that a substantial portion of working parents choose urgent care or emergency department visits when their sick children were excluded from attending child care. Health Canal

Dr. Rubin Named Clinical Director of Emergency Department

June 25 - Dr. Jonathan Rubin has been named Clinical Director of the Froedtert & MCW Emergency Department. BizTimes

Dr. Hargarten Named President and CEO of Milwaukee’s Center for International Health

June 18 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten has been appointed President and CEO of the Center for International Health in Milwaukee. Tech News

Dr. Hargarten Resigns from Wisconsin DOT’s Statewide Impaired Driving Task Force

June 10 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten is one of four health professionals who resigned from Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Statewide Impaired Driving Task Force. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Green Bay Press Gazette, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Lerner Leads Planning Process for Federal Guidelines on Triaging Mass Casualty Victims

June 10 - With researchers at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, E. Brooke Lerner, PhD led the planning process to develop new federal guidelines for triaging mass casualty victims Wauwatosa Now

National standardized mass casualty triage guideline recommended by federal agency

June 05 - A new guideline for triaging mass casualty victims has been recommended by a federal emergency medical services agency for use by all state and local EMS groups.

Paramedics, EMTs Recognized for Contributions to Resuscitation Research

June 03 - Dr. Tom Aufderheide presented four Milwaukee County paramedics and EMTs with Resuscitation Outcome Consortium Service Excellence Awards. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Hargarten Recommends a Public Health Approach to Dealing with Firearm Injuries

June 03 - Madison Magazine traces Dr. Stephen Hargarten’s research on and support for a public health approach to address firearm injuries. Madison Magazine

Dr. Shah Finds Ondansetron Does Not Trigger Tachyarrhythmias

May 22 - In a study presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, Dr. Breanne K.P. Shah reported that the antinausea and antiemetic agent ondansetron does not trigger malignant tachyarrhythmias in pediatric patients who have a healthy heart. Family Practice News

Dr. Hargarten Discusses Gun Buy-Back Programs

May 22 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten discusses gun buy-back programs with CBS-TV/Channel 58. CBS-TV/Channel 58

Dr. Hargarten Calls Accidental Child Gun Injuries a Public Health Problem

May 14 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten discusses the need to address accidental child gun injuries as a public health problem in news reports on ABC-TV/Channel 12 and Wisconsin Public Radio. WISN TV and WPR

Dr. Shah finds in-person interpretation in the ED results in higher patient satisfaction

May 14 - In a study of language barriers and its impact on care, Dr. Breanne Pacheco Shah and her colleagues found that in-person interpretation in an emergency department resulted in higher levels of patient satisfaction than telephone interpretation. Helio

First Carrie Falk Memorial Lecture planned for May 8

May 06 - The first Carrie Falk Memorial lecture will be held Thursday, May 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Clinical Cancer Center room M. The invited speaker is Mark Rosenberg, DO, who will give a presentation titled, Making a case: Emergency Department Palliative Care – Is it Possible?

Dr. Hargarten Discusses Possible Benefits of Gun Buy-Back Programs

April 29 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten discusses the possible benefits of gun buy-back programs in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Hargarten Identifies Relationship between Proliferation of Guns and Rise in Mass Shootings

Apr 8 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten notes that there is no evidence indicating that arming Americans further will help prevent mass shooting. Media Matters for America

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