Acute Care

Evaluating Pelvic Hemorrhage

Principal Investigator: C. Craig Blackmore, M.D., M.P.H.
University of Washington Department of Radiology
Funding Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Pelvic fractures are a major cause of serious injury and death for patients who sustain high-energy trauma. A method of predicting pelvic hemorrhage would aid in triage of injured patients, select patients for immediate angiography, and optimize patient selection for different therapeutic options. This project studies pelvic radiography and other clinical findings that predict major pelvic hemorrhage. The goal is to develop a clinical prediction rule that can be used in multiple trauma care settings to expedite appropriate triage and aid in both initial and definitive patient management.