HIPRC Faculty News and Notes -- June 2017
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Severe firework injuries most commonly caused by shells, mortars, study finds

Stores shelves with brightly colored shell and mortar fireworks.Certain legal fireworks might be better left on store shelves, a new study conducted at Harborview Medical Center finds. Fireworks vary widely in their potential for serious injury, and an analysis of 294 Harborview patients over 10 years found that shell and mortar style explosives were the most common cause of­ severe firework injuries.
UW Department of Plastic Surgery Resident Brinkley Sandvall, M.D., authored the paper “Firework Types, Injury Pattern, and Permanent Impairment Following Severe Fireworks-Related Injuries” published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., Violence Prevention Section Lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., and HIPRC associate member Kari Keys, M.D., are among the co-authors of the paper. Read more on the HIPRC blog or on UW Health Sciences NewsBeat.

Photo, top, by Anthony Cramp. Photo of mortar fireworks on store shelves, right, by Teknorat.

The INSIGHT students pose for a photo in front of the Patricia Braceline Steel Building.HIPRC welcomes newest INSIGHT students

Nineteen INSIGHT Research Program interns began their summer of research and professional growth at HIPRC on June 12. The graduate and undergraduate students join the center from 10 universities across the country and will assist on a wide range of research projects, including emergency department diagnosis and care, traumatic brain injury among Native American populations, campus helmet usage and others.

The summer program will culminate in a research symposium on Aug. 4.

Event Calendar

June 21 (Wednesday) 2:30 p.m.: Farewell to departing HIPRC fellows.

July 10 (Monday): INSIGHT High School Program opens summer 2017 session.

July 24 (Wednesday) 4:30-7:30 p.m.: HIPRC Summer Picnic. Join us for a bring-a-dish meal and canoeing at the UW Waterfront Activities Center.

Aug. 4 (Friday): 2017 INSIGHT Research Program Symposium at the Harborview Research and Training Building.

Wednesday WIP sessions and faculty meetings will resume in September.

Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at HIPRC offices

Click here to see the full calendar. 

A stuffed dog with a bandaged head and leg.Pediatric TBI webinar reaches 316 attendees

“Hot Topics and Best Practice in Pediatric TBI,” a webinar hosted at HIPRC on June 9, saw 316 participants from across the world learning the latest insights into pediatric traumatic brain injury. The webinar was a joint effort of HIPRC and the Washington State Department of Health.

HIPRC faculty Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, Monica Vavilala, M.D., Beth Ebel, M.D., M.Sc., Molly Fuentes, M.D., MHSSara Chrisman, M.S., MPH, Stan Herring, M.D., and Jamie Shandro, M.D., MPH, presented on their areas of expertise. Carole Jenny, M.D., MBA, also presented.

A recording of the webinar will be available soon on the HIPRC website.

Audience members listen to featured iHeal speaker Adil Haider, M.D.iHeal Symposium speakers call for research, action, partnerships around health equity

The May 23 Injury-related Health Equity Across the Lifespan (iHeal) Symposium featured a national conversation about health equity – and what doctors, researchers and academics can do about it. Drs. Monica Vavilala, Megan Moore, and Molly Fuentes welcomed partners from across the country and WWAMI region to discuss current research and gaps as well as develop a national agenda for injury-related health equity. The symposium and public lecture launched the iHeal program at HIPRC, which will be led by core faculty member Megan Moore.

Read more on the HIPRC blog.

Fond Farewells

We’re bidding a fond farewell to our research fellows and visiting scholars, and there will be a reception for them at the HIPRC offices on Wednesday, June 21 at 2:30 p.m. in the HIPRC conference room. Come help us wish them well in their next endeavors!
  • Kathleen O’Connell is starting a new fellowship at the UW in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She also plans to complete her Master in Public Health, work on the Patient Safety Innovations Program project and continue her research at HIPRC.
  • Cordelie Witt will be returning to clinical duties on June 26th to complete her final two years of training as a resident in the UW Department of General Surgery.
  • Nithya Kannan is seeking a full-time position in clinical research or public health practice.
  • Nophanan ‘On’ Chaikittisilpa will spend a year in a cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowship at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia before returning to Thailand.
  • Pratthana Suttipongkaset has returned to Sirindhorn Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Theerada Chandee will be a clinical fellow in Hepatobiliary and Transplant Anesthesia at McGill University, Canada, starting in July.
  • Arraya Watanitanon will be a clinical fellow in regional anesthesia at McGill General Hospital, Montreal for a year. She then plans to go back to Thailand to continue her work as an anesthesiologist and teacher at Thammasat University Hospital.
Christine MacDonald was featured in a King 5 story on her research into veterans with traumatic brain injuries.
In the News
  • Core faculty member Christine MacDonald’s research on the long-term impacts of concussions on veterans continues to garner media attention, with the latest feature appearing on King 5 News.
  • Core faculty member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, weighed in on preventing death and traumatic brain injury among adult bicyclists for a Consumer Report look into bicycle helmets. Read the full article on Yahoo News.

Three HIPRC researchers awarded scholarships for violence surveillance training

HIPRC Violence Prevention Section Lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., incoming Research Scientist and Epidemiologist Brianna Mills, Ph.D., and Graduate Research Assistant Vivian Lyons have been awarded scholarships to attend the National Violent Death Reporting System and Other Violence Surveillance Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, June 27-28.

The National Violent Death Reporting System, or NVDRS,  tracks data on violent deaths in 40 states, including Washington state, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The scholarships are supported by the Safe States Alliance and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.


Gun Safe Giveaway

Seattle Children’s and community partners are giving away free lock boxes and trigger locks Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cabela’s in Lacey, WA. Questions can be directed to 

New iPhone feature aims to prevent distracted driving

Apple unveiled a number of new products and features on June 5, but only one is potentially life-saving. The new version of iOS, the iPhone’s operating system, will feature a built-in "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode to mute incoming notifications.

Passengers can disengage the feature, though drivers could also potentially disengage or choose not to activate the feature.

A new Washington state law that goes into effect July 23 will ban hands-on interactions with cell phones while driving, and tools such as this one might help more drivers stick to the new regulations.
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