Military, civilians partner at EWI symposium

By Madeleine Lovette

The sixth annual Extremity War Injuries (EWI) symposium, sponsored by the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons (SOMOS), and the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), focused on data-driven research in combat casualty care. Orthopaedic surgeons from all branches of the military, in conjunction with civilian traumatologists and researchers, shared promising treatments and rehabilitation methods in major extremity trauma as well as axial skeleton injuries.

Increased federal defense funding in FY 2010 enabled researchers to conduct several new studies and surgical trials in the areas of wound care and wound therapy. The results of these studies were reflected in presentations made on promising therapies for patients sustaining spinal cord injuries and extremity injuries. But attendees expressed concern about defense budget cuts that may compromise both ongoing and new studies.

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