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March 2012

Gail Gesin, PharmD, lead author on, "Recommendations for Alternative Analgesic and Sedative Agents in the Setting of Drug Shortages," (PDF) in Critical Connections, February/March issue. References and disclosures are available at

February 2012

A. Britton Christmas, MD, FACS

A. Britton Christmas, MD, FACS, attending surgeon in the Division of Trauma/Surgical Critical Care and Emergency General Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center, was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) during the 2012 EAST annual scientific assembly in Orlando, Florida. He was also designated chair of the EAST Injury Control and Violence Prevention Committee for a three-year term. In addition, Dr. Christmas is the EAST representative at the inaugural assembly of the Coalition to STOP Injury in Chicago on April 4, 2012, a joint endeavor among the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, EAST, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, the Western Trauma Association, and several other organizations with a common interest in injury prevention.

Patient Spotlight

Jakob Clark videoHelping 6-year-old Jakob Learn to Play Again
When 6-year-old Jakob Clark was critically injured in a dog attack,his medical team knew the months of surgery and rehabilitation he faced required more than medicine - it also required time to play.

Watch the video on Carolinas HealthCare's YouTube Channel.

January 2012

Trauma Topic of the Month

Nurse Honored for Leadership
Darlene McMiddleton, Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, received the outstanding biannual Navy Nurse Corps Officer award from Camp Lejeune for her community service work and curriculum training.

December 2011

Residents Honored
Samuel W Ross, MD, MPH was one of eight residents selected nationally as American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) scholars for this year’s meeting.

David Klima, MD won the Region IV Resident Paper Competition of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons in Charleston, South Carolina this past November on his paper entitled, “Operation Firecracker: Closing the Gaps in Disaster Preparedness”. Having won the North Carolina competition to get the Region IV, he now moves onto the national competition the spring.

October 2011

Leadership Development Scholarship
Dr. John Green received the 2011 Leadership Development Scholarship from the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

July 2011

He Works to Save Lives, In and Out of Hospital
Dr. David Jacobs has seen many life-and-death situations in more than 22 years as a trauma surgeon and critical care specialist. He is the associate medical director of the F.H. "Sammy" Ross Trauma Institute at Carolinas Medical Center. The area's only Level One Trauma Center, it's equipped to handle the most severe traumas. It has a trauma surgeon on site 24-7 and an operating room ready at all times. A common misconception about trauma surgeons is that they are limited to performing surgery on people brought in through the emergency room. But that's just part of their job.

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June 2011

In observance of Trauma Awareness Month in May 2011, representatives from Carolinas Medical Center's Ross Trauma Center and Hemby Pediatric Trauma Institute, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, and Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention advocated for bicycle helmet usage among children and adults at Four Mile Creek Greenway in Matthews.

The team provided 16 free helmets, helmet discount cards and helmet safety checks, and administered a survey to identify awareness and perceptions of bike helmet safety, to greenway riders. The Safe Kids Charlotte Mecklenburg survey found that half of the respondents did not know that under a Mecklenburg County ordinance (as well as a North Carolina law) helmets are required for children under age 16. Many also perceived the risk of head injury from bike riding on a greenway much lower than it truly is. These and other survey responses will be used to improve community education about helmet use.

Read the full story in New Directions

Aerial view, trauma drill, Albemarle, NCApril 2011

The Metrolina Trauma Advisory Committee's (MTAC) regional emergency response program and its mobile field hospital (the Metrolina State Medical Assistance Team) recently coordinated and participated in a mock disaster exercise. The three-day long exercise was held at Stanly Regional Airport, andwas based on a simulated mission establishing a 40-bed medical field station at the airport to receive survivors being flown in from an "earthquake type" natural disaster in another location.

Participants in the exercise included the CMC Trauma Services MTAC Disaster Program leadership team; physicians from both CMC and CMC-Union; members of Stanly County Emergency Medical Services and Charlotte Fire Department.

January 2011

In 2011, our accreditation was reaffirmed and verified by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Verification Review Committee following a site visit and review. This verification ensures that the center, its staff and physicians meet the highest standards.

November 2010

Carolinas Medical Center's Transplant program and trauma team are spotlighted in a CBS Sports Thanksgiving Day special on NFL wide receiver Chris Henry's organ donation.

Watch this moving account on Carolinas HealthCare's YouTube Channel.

July 2010

U.S. News & World Report recognizes the Orthopedics program at Carolinas Medical Center as among the top programs in the United States.

John Green, MD, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care surgeon, in Charlotte Magazine, recounts the first time he treated a gunshot victim.

Read the full story in Charlotte Magazine


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