IU Health presents lifesaving gift to Indiana State Police during Trauma Symposium
Daylong educational event brought hundreds together to discuss the latest trends in trauma care
| Indianapolis—Earlier today, Indiana University Health and its affiliated foundations gathered at the Indiana Convention Center to present a special lifesaving gift to the Indiana State Police. The gift presentation took place during IU Health's annual Orthopedic Trauma Symposium, a daylong educational event hundreds of medical professionals attended to discuss the latest trends in treating traumatic injuries—the No. 1 killer of people under the age of 45 and one of the top five causes of death overall.
"Our goal with this event is to bring some of the field's leading experts together with other medical professionals to shed light on emerging developments and to share best practices for saving lives in the critical moments following a traumatic injury," said event chairman Anthony Sorkin, M.D., system medical director for IU Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and an orthopedic trauma surgeon at IU Health Methodist Hospital—the state's largest Level I trauma center, which sees nearly 3,600 trauma cases each year.
About the IU Health Orthopedic Trauma Symposium
The daylong educational event, which took place at the Indiana Convention Center, featured back-to-back presentations and Q&A sessions addressing a full spectrum of trauma-related topics ranging from how best to treat severe injuries resulting from a variety of scenarios including automobile accidents, motorcycle crashes, farming accidents and violence. The conference also featured a keynote address from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine associate professor of orthopedic surgery Greg Osgood, M.D., titled "Lessons Learned from the Battlefield Translated to Urban Trauma Centers."
A lifesaving gift
In keeping with the educational event's theme of saving lives from traumatic injury, IU Health, IU Health Tipton Hospital Foundation and Methodist Health Foundation announced their donation of 1,500 lifesaving tourniquets to the Indiana State Police—200 of which will go to help law enforcement officials with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Recent studies show that the No. 1 cause of preventable death following a traumatic injury is excessive blood loss. Studies also show that the best way to stop blood loss is to apply a tourniquet, which can boost survival rates by 90 percent and helping to stop the bleeding so injured individuals can get to the most appropriate trauma center for their condition as quickly as possible.
IU Health's gift is part of a larger, ongoing community-wide effort to raise funds to equip law enforcement officials with trauma kits they can use in an emergency to help save their lives and those of other Hoosiers. In the coming months, IU Health will also lead efforts to train more than 1,000 law enforcement officials on how to use their tourniquets.