Division Highlights from 2012 and Earlier

  • Graham Nichol, MD, MPH, was selected as one of the EMS 10 Innovators for 2012 for his work on the Mission: Lifeline Program. Each year, the Journal of Emergency Medicine Service (JEMS), with support from Physio-Control, Inc., recognizes the top 10 innovators in EMS who drive the EMS practice forward. Mission: Lifeline is a national quality improvement program of the American Heart Association. It encourages and supports implementation of systems of care for patients with acute cardiac conditions.

  • William Hurley, MD, recently received Fellow Status of the American College of Medical Toxicologists (ACMT). Additionally, he was recently invited to speak at the National ACEP Meeting on the Opioid Drug Death Epidemic, which will be held in Seattle in Fall 2013.

  • Congratulations to Nathan White, MD, MS, who was just awarded a grant from the United States Special Operations Command for his project entitled A Damage Control Resuscitation Cocktail for Special Operations Forces. The data from this project will serve as a proof of concept for a resuscitation strategy aimed at extending survivability on the battlefield after major polytrauma and delay to MEDEVAC. This project will expand our understanding of low volume resuscitation and findings will be equally applicable in the setting of civilian trauma.

  • Nathan White, MD, MS, is part of a interdisciplinary team of UW scientists led by Dr. Nathan Sniadecki of the Department of Mechanical Engineering awarded a grant from the Washington Life Science Discovery Fund (LSDF) to develop a prototype point-of-care device to assess bleeding risk in trauma patients.  Project Title: Platelet-Dx: An Innovative, Point-of-Care Product for Detecting Trauma-Induced Coagulation Problems and Improving Emergency Medicine. The device is based on microfluidic technology developed by Dr. Sniadecki and will be developed for use by prehospital providers to improve triage and care of trauma patients by identifying bleeding risk. The grant is part of the LSDF 2012 commercialization granting program and is one of only two projects selected for funding. The LSDF grant will support building of a prototype instrument that can be used for bench top and preclinical studies. The University of Washington Center for Commercialization has assembled a team to help translate this technology into a commercial product.

  • Jeremy Branzetti, MD, and Rosemarie Fernandez, MD (Co-PIs) were awarded an internal PSIP grant entitled "Development of a Training Intervention to Decrease Procedure Related Errors." Other Co-Investigators include Heemun Kwok, MD, Adeyinka Adedipe, MD, Pamela Fernandez, and Cameron Buck. The purpose of this grant is to investigate whether novel targeted training immediately prior to the performance of high-risk emergency medicine procedures decreases procedure errors by improving procedure performance and critical team behaviors.

  • A busy fall of writing has resulted in 2 published articles in January for Jason Heiner, MD:  1) "Evaluation of a Novel Surgical Cricothyroidotomy Tool in Simulated Combat and Clinical Environments" in Military Medicine and 2) "Endometriosis Presenting with Hemorrhagic Ascites, Severe Anemia, and Shock" in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

  • Congratulations to Nathan White, MD, MS, for his article "Fibrin Clot Structure and Mechanics Associated with Specific Oxidation of Methionine Residues in Fibrinogen," published in the Biophysical Journal. Dr. White and the other members of his research team are making important strides in discovery related to the coagulation defects associated with trauma and other critical illness.

  • Adeyinka Adedipe, MDPatrick J Maher, MD, and Jared Strote, MD, MS, are co-authors on the article "Injuries Associated with Law Enforcement Use of Force" published in the online journal Trauma on December 7, 2012.

  • Intern Emily Junck, MD's paper "New Trends of Short-Term Humanitarian Medical Volunteerism: professional and ethical considerations" is published in the December issue of Journal of Medical Ethics.

  • Jason Heiner, MD, has 2 recently published articles:  “Detection of increased intracranial pressure by ultrasound” in Journal of Special Operations Medicine; and “EM Simulation:  A Resident's Perspective" in The Annals of Emergency Medicine.

  • Assisting with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, Laura Fife, MD, has been deployed with the Washington-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (WA-1 DMAT). The Team is stationed outside South Nassau Communities Hospital on Long Island, NY. Find more information about their mission here.

  • Lauren Whiteside, MD, is the lead author on “Non-Fatal Injuries Among Pediatric Patients Seeking Care in an Urban Ghanaian Emergency Department." This was published by the International Journal of Emergency Medicine on September 26, 2012.

  • Intern Emily Junck, MD, will be receiving the “International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2012 Student Research Award” in October at the IADM annual conference in Singapore. She will be presenting her paper "A Retrospective Review of Return to Function in Dance After Physical Therapy For Common Dance Injuries."  Afterwards, Emily travels to San Francisco where she will present “New Trends of Short-Term Humanitarian Medical Volunteerism: professional and ethical considerations" at the American Public Health Association annual meeting.

  • David Townes, MD, MPH, DTM&H, received grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to serve as a medical consultant to the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). With a budget of over $1 billion, OFDA is the office within USAID responsible for facilitating and coordinating U.S. Government emergency assistance overseas. As part of USAIDʼs Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), OFDA provides humanitarian assistance to save lives, alleviate human suffering, and reduce the social and economic impact of humanitarian emergencies worldwide. Dr. Townes received funding for 1 year and will start in his new role on September 1, 2012.

  • In July David Townes, MD, MPH, DTM&H, served as the course director for "Health in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies." This week-long course was taught at the University of Washington, co-sponsored by the Department of Global Health and the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It was taught jointly by members of the faculty from both the University of Washington and the CDC. Thirty-five students participated. The focus of this course was public health and epidemiology in refugee and internally displaced populations affected by complex humanitarian emergencies.

  • Kudos to Herbie Duber, MD, MPH, who was just appointed as a General Editor for the 2012 Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review (GEMLR). The Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review (GEMLR) is an annual review published in Academic Emergency Medicine.  The review looks at important literature from around the globe that focuses on emergency care and EM development in low and middle income countries as well as disaster management/humanitarian relief.

  • This year's UW Teaching Scholars Program's graduating class includes EM Associate Residency Director Jeremy Branzetti, MD. His focus during this year-long interdisciplinary program has been residency curriculum development as well as a project adapting Just-in-Time training techniques to high-risk ED procedures.

  • Congratulations to Nathan J. White, MD, MS, who received the Best Basic Science Presentation award from the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) for one of two papers he presented: “Fluid Resuscitation of Uncontrolled Hemorrhage Using a Hemoglobin-based Oxygen Carrier: Effect of Traumatic Brain Injury,” at the society’s annual meeting in Chicago. Dr. White has also received two Young Investigator Awards from the American Heart Association.

  • Congratulations to  Rosemarie Fernandez, MD, on her election to the SAEM Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

  • The SAEM Annual Meeting was held in Chicago May 9th-12th. Several UW EM Faculty gave presentations during this event:

    • Jonathan Ilgen, MD, MCR: “Diagnostic Reasoning Assessment”
    • Fiona Gallahue, MD: “Success in ED Education,” part of JR Faculty Forum
    • Nathan White, MD, MS: 1) “Nitroglycerine Modulates Survival Time in a Porcine Polytrauma Model When Co-Infused w/a Hemoglobing-Based Oxygen Carrier” and 2) “Fluid Resuscitation of Uncontrolled Hemorrhage Using a Hemoglobin-Based Oxygen Carrier: Effect of Traumatic Brain Injury”
    • Jared Strote, MD, MS: “Patient Perception of Medical Professionalism:  A Comparison in Different Clinical Settings”
    • Rosemarie Fernandez, MD: “Simulation and Your Certification, What the Future Brings”