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Trauma & Acute Care Surgery > Peer-Reviewed Publications 2018


Lancaster General Hospital’s Trauma Service has a very active clinical research program. We have a Clinical Research Coordinator who organizes and sets up monthly research meetings with timelines for presentations at national meetings.

We are also supported by the Research Institute at Lancaster General Hospital, which provides strong statistical support for the numerous projects that we are involved with. At any one time, we have a number of ongoing projects, many of which have been presented for both podium and poster presentations at naional trauma meetings, inlcuding the American Assoication for the Surgery of Trauma, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Surgeons, etc.

The participants in our research program include the trauma surgeons, nurses and advanced practioners, who work in Trauma Service, as well as several of our liasons from other specialties. This activity has been supported through the administratiom of Lancaster Genreal Hospital. Trauma Service has received numerous accolades for some of the research projects that we have accomplished. 

Summaries of Peer-Reviewed (Accepted) Publications of 2018 

Click on summary titles for the corresponding PDF full reports. 

Emergency Operations Program is an Excellent Platform to Deal with In-Hospital Operation Disaster
This study describes utilization of the hospital's Emergency Operations Plan and incident command structure to mitigate damage caused by the sudden loss of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system within the entire operating room suite. After thorough investigation and identification of the issues that contributed to the malfunction, redundancies were built into the system to ensure that a similar incidient did not occur again.

Preliminary Results of a Novel Hay-Hole Fall Prevention Initiative
Hay-hole falls are a prevalent source of trauma among Anabaptists - particularly Anabaptist youth. We sought to decrease hay-hole falls in South Central Pennsylvania through the development and distribution of all-weather hay-hole covers to members of the at-risk Anabaptist community.

Improved Outcomes in Elderly Trauma Patients with the Implementation of Two Innovative Geriatric-Specific Protocols - Final Report
Elderly trauma care is challenging due to the unique physiology and comorbidities prevalent in this population. Two practice management guidelines were implemented (HRGP and ACT Alert) to improve the care of these patients. A significant decrease in mortality was observed with combined implementation of both protocols compared to mortality prior to introduction of these guidelines.

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