The new funding supports seven research projects led by eight members of
The institute, a collaboration among basic science and clinical researchers, trauma surgeons and
In 2010, the
Associate professor of surgery
Other projects are co-led by UC faculty members and the USAF personnel who serve as the teaching cadre for
In a project co-led by C-STARS cadre member Lt. Col.
Three other newly funded studies will investigate how altitude affects the medical equipment used by CCATT members during evacuation flights, including ventilators, pulse oximeters, and endotracheal tubes.
"At altitude, the barometric pressure falls and the amount of available oxygen is reduced-this is commonly known as 'thin air', says Branson. "This environment also causes gases in a closed space to expand, which can cause the cuff of an endotracheal tube to expand in a patient's airway. This puts the patients at risk of reduced blood flow and tissue damage. We plan to evaluate methods to automatically control the cuff pressure during takeoff and landing, in order to maintain a safe level of pressure for the patient."
Additionally, a project led by Branson and USAF Maj.
Branson says that the searchable database will allow investigators to examine treatments and complications during air medical evacuation.
"As an example, there's interest in studying cabin altitude restriction, or limiting the barometric pressure within the aircraft," he says. "Some patient conditions, including eye injuries and head injuries, may benefit from maintaining a different barometric pressure within the aircraft, but that can add significant fuel costs and can slow transport times."
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