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2018 Trauma Symposium will focus on ‘Stop the Bleed’ initiative to educate, empower individuals to help in mass casualty events

Renowned trauma surgeon and medical educator Lenworth M. Jacobs Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, will headline the Creighton University School of Medicine’s 2018 Trauma Symposium, to be held June 15 at the Downtown Hilton Omaha Hotel.

Jacobs, among the early proponents of Stop the Bleed, an initiative providing bystanders at mass casualty events with the knowhow to stop life-threatening bleeding, will provide the keynote at the symposium, which itself will focus on the Stop the Bleed campaign and touch on the critical need to educate and empower individuals with first-aid training, clinically relevant information and educational resources in the assessment and treatment of trauma patients.

“We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Jacobs to Creighton and open a discussion on how we can best put ourselves, as medical professionals in trauma, in a position to save lives by better educating the general public on what they can do to, should they witness a mass-casualty situation,” said symposium co-director Juan Asensio, MD, FACS, FCCM, FRCS (England), Professor and Vice-chairman of Surgery in the Creighton School of Medicine and Director of the Trauma Center and Trauma Program at the Creighton University Medical Center.

Michel Wagner, MD, FACS, assistant professor of surgery in Creighton School of Medicine, joins Asensio as co-director of the symposium.

Jacobs serves as professor of surgery and professor of traumatology and emergency medicine at the University of Connecticut and is director of the Trauma Institute at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. He is chairman of the Joint Committee to Increase Survival from an Active Shooter and Intentional Mass Casualty Event of the Hartford Consensus, and is a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons.

The Trauma Symposium is designed for medical professionals, academics and students who practice or study in the areas of surgery, trauma surgery and emergency medicine.

Asensio said the main thrust of this year’s symposium, along with exploring the latest in trauma surgery techniques and cases, is to give practitioners the ability to educate the general public on the Stop the Bleed campaign.

In addition, Asensio will lecture on carotid injuries and other professors will present important trauma surgery and surgical critical care topics. With keynotes, panels, case presentations, exhibits and question-and-answer sessions, the symposium reaches across an array of medical professions and studies to reach surgeons, physicians, nurses, emergency management technicians, pharmacists, physicians assistants, public health professionals and researchers.

The symposium is divided into five sessions:

  • Session I — Keynote from Lenworth M. Jacobs Jr., MD, “The Stop the Bleed Campaign—Implications for the Care of Our Fellow Citizens.” 
  • Session II — Controversies and Challenges in Trauma Surgery
  •  Session III — Secrets of the Master Trauma Surgeons
  • Session IV — Contemporary Challenges for Nurses and Physicians
  • Session V — Interprofessional Approach to Challenging Trauma Cases at Creighton University from the Scene to Discharge

Registration for the symposium is open through June 12. For more information, registration rates and a full symposium schedule, follow this link. This symposium is co-sponsored by Creighton University, CHI Health and LifeNet Air Medical Services.

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