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Trauma Research

Improving trauma care through research

If you are suddenly hit with a life-threatening injury, you want trauma doctors who are on the cutting edge of the latest developments of the field. Our top-rated trauma center is one of an elite group that boasts not only superbly-skilled trauma surgeons, but also a commitment to improving safety in the community and advancing trauma research. Our specialists take part in multidisciplinary studies aimed at improving the outcomes for trauma patients, both at Tufts MC and hospitals around the world. 

Commitment to excellence

The American College of Surgeons has awarded a Level 1 rating to our trauma center, one of only a handful in Massachusetts to have this coveted designation. It recognizes our commitment to trauma research as well as maintaining a trauma registry, where all patients are tracked, from the time they are rushed through our doors to when they leave our hospital. We analyze and review the care we provide to every single patient who comes through our doors. We are committed to continually studying and improving trauma patient outcomes, here at Tufts MC and at trauma centers all over the United States.

2016 & 2017 Trauma and Acute Care publications

  1. Peponis T, Kasotakis G, Yu J, Alouidor R, Burkott B, Maung AA, Johnson DC, Saillant NN, Walden H, Salim A, Bryant E, Dorfman JD, Klein EN, Elefant R, Tabrizi MB, Bugaev N, Arabian SS, Velmahos GC. Selective Non-Operative Management of Abdominal Gunshot Wounds - From Heresy to Standard of Care: A Multicenter Study of the Research Consortium of New England Centers for Trauma (ReCONECT). J Am Coll Surg. 2017 Mar 1. pii: S1072-7515(17)30135-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2016.12.055. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Ferrada P, Callcut R, Bauza G, O’Bosky KR, Luo-Owen X, Mansfield NJ, Inaba K, Pasley J, Bugaev N, Pereira B, Moore F, Han J, DuBose J, AAST Multi-Institutional Trials Committee. Pneumatosis Intestinalis Predictive Evaluation Study (PIPES): A Multicenter Epidemiologic Study of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. Epub ahead.
  3. Ambrosi L, Borden MT, Phelan GC, Blea M, Nasraway SA. Current practices in ethanol administration in the prevention and treatment of alcohol withdrawal syndrome: A survey of U.S. academic medical centers. J Subst Abuse Alcohol. 2016; 5(1): 1051.
  4. Hudcova J, Poutsiaka D, Nasraway SA. Utility of presepsin in distinguishing sepsis from systemic inflammatory response syndrome. Crit Care Med. 2016: 43 (supple); Abstract.
  5. Bugaev N, Breeze JL, Alhazmi M, Anbari HS, Arabian S, Holewinski S, Rabinovici R. Magnitude of rib fracture displacement predicts opioid requirement. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2016 Oct;81(4):699-704.
  6. Wallia A, Umpierrez GE, Nasraway SA, Klonoff DC; PRIDE Investigators. Round Table Discussion on Inpatient Use of Continuous Glucose Monitoring at the International Hospital Diabetes Meeting. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2016 Aug 22;10(5):1174-81.
  7. GlobalSurg Collaborative (including Bugaev N, Goodstein M). Mortality of emergency abdominal surgery in high-, middle- and low-income countries. Br J Surg. 2016 Jul;103(8):971-988. doi: 10.1002/bjs.10151. Epub 2016 May 4.
  8. Tutunjian AM, Bugaev N, Breeze JL, Arabian S, Rabinovici R. Is it safe to admit patients with acute injuries to non-surgical services? Am J Surg. 2016 Jun 14. pii: S0002-9610(16)30281-1. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2016.04.007.
  9. Wolfe E, Arabian S, Salzler M, Bugaev N, Rabinovici R. Bicyclist Safety Behaviors in an Urban Northeastern, United States City: An Observational Study. J Trauma Nurs. 2016 May-Jun; 23(3):119-124.
  10. Bugaev N, Breeze J, Alhazmi M, Anbari H, Arabian S, Rabinovici R. Displacement Patterns of Blunt Rib Fractures and Their Relationship to Thoracic Co-Injuries: Minimal Displacements Count. Am Surg. Am Surg. 2016 Mar;82(3):199-206.
  11. Wolfe E, Arabian S, Breeze J, Salzler M. Distracted Biking: An Observational Study. J Trauma Nurs. 2016 March-April; 23(2):65-70. (Journal of Trauma Nursing Writing Excellence Award Winner!)

2015 & 2016 Trauma and Acute Care presentations

  1. Wolfe E. Road safety: It’s on all of us. Tufts Medical Center Department of Surgery Grand Rounds. Boston, MA: September 22, 2016.
  2. Nasraway SA. “Circulatory shock: shifts in recognition and treatment”. Anesthesiology Grand Rounds, Tufts Medical Center. Boston, MA: August 29, 2016.
  3. Nasraway SA. “Circulatory shock: shifts in recognition and treatment”. Trauma Grand Rounds, Massachusetts General Hospital. Boston, MA: August 17, 2016.
  4. Nasraway SA. Invited lecture: The revealing signs of outdated ICU predictive models. 45th Critical Care Congress of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Orlando, FL. February 23rd, 2016.
  5. McKay K, Bugaev N, Breeze JL, Arabian SS, Rabinovici R. Self-inflicted Abdominal Stab Wounds are Associated with a Higher Incidence of Non-Therapeutic Lapar. Presented at the Massachusetts Chapter of the ACS. Boston, MA: December 5, 2015.
  6. Bugaev N, Breeze JL, Alhazmi M, Najm H, Arabian S, Holewinski S, Nasraway S, Rabinovici R. Magnitude of rib fracture displacement predicts opioid requirement. AAST. Las Vegas, NV: September 2015.
  7. Tutunjian AM, Bugaev N, Breeze JL, Arabian S, Rabinovici R. Is it safe to admit patients with acute injuries to non-surgical services? Presented at the American Association of the Surgery of Trauma Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV: September, 2015.
  8. Wolfe E. Bicycle Observation Studies: How to Obtain High Quality Data Only Using the Naked Eye. New England Bike-Walk Summit. Worcester, MA: September 24, 2015.
  9. Nasraway SA. Glycemic targets in various ICU populations. 5th International Hospital Diabetes meeting. San Francisco, CA: May 8, 2015.
  10. Nasraway SA. Continuous blood glucose monitoring in the ICU. 5th International Hospital Diabetes meeting. San Francisco, CA: May 8, 2015.
  11. Wolfe E, Arabian S, Salzler M, Rabinovici R. Bicyclist Safety Behaviors in an Urban Northeastern, United States City: An Observational Study. Safe States Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA: April 28, 2015.
  12. Arabian AS, Breeze J, Marcus M, Pomphrey M, Captain K, Wolfe J, Bugaev N, Rabinovici R: Variability in Trauma Data Abstraction.  28th EAST Annual Scientific Assembly. Lake Buena Vista, Florida: 2015.