The AAOS Department of Research, Quality and Scientific Affairs, in collaboration with the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium, has been awarded a U.S. Department of Defense research grant to disseminate clinical practice guidelines and appropriate use criteria in the following six areas relevant to the treatment of severe extremity trauma in both military and civilian settings:
- diagnosis and treatment of acute compartment syndrome
- decision support for optimal clinical intervention following major lower limb trauma in determining limb salvage or early limb amputation
- early screening for psychosocial risk and protective factors
- use of multimodal pharmacologic pain management in the perioperative period for patients with orthopaedic trauma
- techniques for performing a transtibial amputation, eg, surgical formation of a distal end tibia to fibula synostosis
- prevention and treatment of surgical site infections following major extremity trauma
Co-principal investigators are Deborah S. Cummins, PhD, director, AAOS Research, Quality and Scientific Affairs, and David Jevsevar, MD, MBA, chair, AAOS Council on Research and Quality and chair, department of orthopaedics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
More information will appear in the October issue of AAOS Now.