July 1 - The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report on cardiac arrest, the third biggest killer of Americans. The panel found many people do not understand cardiac arrest, and many are unwilling to intervene through the use of CPR and defibrillators. Tom Aufderheide, professor of emergency medicine and a member of the IOM, was on the panel who created the study and participated in a national news conference releasing the results.Philly.com
June 26 - On Wednesday, June 24, the Medical College of Wisconsin, North Shore Fire/Rescue, Bayside Communications Center, the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management and the American Heart Association went live with a new initiative aimed at improving out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival in Milwaukee County by increasing bystander CPR rates.
June 4 - The Milwaukee Business Journal named Drs. Tom Aufderheide (Emergency Medicine) and Michael Mitchell (Surgery – Pediatric Cardiothoracic) as recipients of the newspaper’s 2015 Eureka Awards. Dr. Aufderheide received a Lifetime Achievement award recognizing him as an international leader in methods of lifesaving resuscitation. Dr. Mitchell received the Health Care award for developing a non-invasive method to monitor pediatric heart transplant recipients to identify early signs of rejection. Milwaukee Business Journal
May 29 - Tom Aufderheide, MD, professor of emergency medicine, and Michael Mitchell, MD, professor of surgery (cardiothoracic) and chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, were named winners of the Milwaukee Business Journal 2015 Eureka Award. Dr. Aufderheide was honored in the Lifetime Achievement category for being an international leader in methods of lifesaving resuscitation.
May 13 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten (Emergency Medicine; Associate Dean for Global Health) and Julie Halverson (Injury Research Center) call for a public health approach to reduce gun violence in Milwaukee in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opinion editorial. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 6 - Tanzanian doctors Peter Dattania (Head Trauma Services, Tumbi Hospital) and Christopher Mzava (Head Emergency Services, Amana Hospital) spent two weeks in April receiving advice and guidance from the EMS and disaster medicine section of the MCW Department of Emergency Medicine and from Milwaukee County EMS. Their goal is to advance emergency medical and trauma systems in Tanzania, where road traffic deaths disproportionately impact their country.
Apr. 29 - The Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) is launching a Mobile Integrated Health Care/Community Paramedic Pilot Program on Wednesday, April 29, 9 a.m. The new program is a collaboration between the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), MFD, Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) School of Nursing.
May 11 - Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, chair of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Julie Halverson, assistant director of the Injury Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin, discuss gun violence and public health in this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel op-ed. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 7 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten (Emergency Medicine) was a speaker at a news conference to announce that UWM will launch a paramedic training program to provide follow-up care with the Milwaukee Fire Department. MCW is a partner in the program. WisPolitics and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Apr. 14 - Dr. Chris Decker (Emergency Medicine) provides expert comment to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on how people should prepare their bodies for runs, walks, and other events. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.”
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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