Orthopaedic surgeons wage war against extremity injuries

By Mary Ann Porucznik

“As a direct result of the efforts of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), the U.S. Congress has allocated $7.5 million in funding for the Orthopaedic Extremity Trauma Research Program (OETRP),” said Joseph C. Wenke, PhD, of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Speaking at the Extremity War Injuries II (EWI-II) symposium in January, Dr. Wenke was among the more than 110 international and domestic military and civilian orthopaedic surgeons and researchers who attended the symposium, which was co-chaired by Col. James R. Ficke, MD, and Andrew N. Pollak, MD, and jointly sponsored by the AAOS and the OTA.

The two-day symposium covered issues such as field hemostatic techniques and their overall implication on extremity wound management; early débridement; early stabilization; principles of postoperative wound management and evacuation considerations; and next steps in military course/manual/principle development.

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