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Veteran and Military Health    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative Highlights Key Accomplishments from Inaugural Year

Last April, the University of Colorado Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative (FIPI) launched with a $4.5 million investment from the CU School of Medicine to work toward preventing firearm-related injuries and deaths in homes and communities across Colorado and the U.S. through collaboration, research, and education.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date April 23, 2024
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Veteran and Military Health    COMBAT

CU Center for COMBAT Research and United States Air Force Academy Form Educational Partnership

Cheers erupted from a crowd gathered at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on April 19 as leaders at the CU School of Medicine and the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) signed an educational partnership agreement, a historic moment that will open a breadth of opportunities for both institutions.


Author Tayler Shaw | Publish Date April 23, 2024
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Veteran and Military Health    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

Peer-to-Peer Discussions on Securely Storing Personal Firearms in Military Communities Could Lead to Fewer Firearm Suicides

In 2021, approximately 70% of U.S. service members who died by suicide did so with a firearm, most commonly a personal, rather than military-issued, firearm. National leaders and public health experts, including the White House in January 2024, have encouraged approaches to promote secure storage of home firearms. Researchers are now interested in who is the most effective messenger to encourage secure storage. 


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date February 22, 2024
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Medicine    Climate Science    Veteran and Military Health    COMBAT

CU Emergency Medicine Researchers Work Toward Arctic Medicine Solutions

The constant change in climate and increasing need for medical personnel on military battlefields across the globe opens opportunity for new research on medical care in extreme temperatures. Research collaborators working with the University of Colorado Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research are helping to improve the future of combat care with revolutionary research on arctic medicine.


Author Mara Kalinoski | Publish Date February 16, 2024
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Veteran and Military Health    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

CU Center for COMBAT Research Leads Recruitment, Training, and Mentorship for Active Duty and Military Collaborators

With Colorado home to six military bases, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has become a hub for active-duty medical students, fellows, and collaborators. With a commitment to providing a supportive learning and work environment, the CU Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research has grown its research scholar and fellow programs along with supporting active-duty and National Guardsman research collaborators.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date January 05, 2024
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Research    COMBAT    Global Trauma Network

New Grants Support Critical Trauma Care Research

Last month, the Cape-Colorado-Combat (C3) Global Trauma Network received two research grants totaling $4.7 million from the United States Department of Defense (DoD). One study will assess how timing of wound care and antibiotics impact infectious complications and multi-organ failure in patients with high-risk injuries. The second will assess timing of critical interventions in patients with life-threatening bleeding from trauma, known as hemorrhagic shock. Both four-year projects will build on the C3 Network’s decade-long experience in collaboratively studying injured patients in the Western Cape province of South Africa.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date November 10, 2023
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Community    Veteran and Military Health    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

CU Hosts Second Annual Military Firearm Suicide Prevention Summit

Preventing suicide among military service members and their family members is one of the top priorities for the United States Department of Defense (DoD). The 2021 DoD Annual Suicide Report found that 70% of suicides among service members are enacted with a firearm, as are 60% of suicides among service member spouses.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date September 22, 2023
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ATLAS    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT    Global Trauma Network

CU School of Medicine Faculty Members Win Competitive Research Awards, Present New Solutions at Military Health System Research Symposium

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine continue to inform medical practice on military battlefields and provide time-sensitive solutions. Faculty in the CU Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, Department of Anesthesiology, and their research teams are leading a myriad of projects to improve care for critically ill, trauma, and burn patients, as well as investigating mental health and resiliency care for military communities.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date August 25, 2023
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Press Coverage    Veteran and Military Health    COMBAT

CU Center for COMBAT Research’s mission in spotlight at joint event with El Pomar Foundation

The University of Colorado Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research and the El Pomar Foundation this week held a joint event to showcase the center’s research and mission to save and improve lives on the battlefield and at home.


Author University of Colorado | Publish Date August 10, 2023
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Research    ATLAS    COMBAT

A New Gold Standard for Emergency Airway Management

For patients with severe respiratory failure, tracheal intubation is a life-saving procedure. Health care providers perform intubation in critical care settings using one of two devices: direct or video laryngoscopes.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date July 10, 2023
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Research    Veteran and Military Health    COMBAT

Studying Veterans’ Mental Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Following worldwide concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on mental health, Ian Stanley, PhD, assistant research professor of emergency medicine in the CU School of Medicine and psychological health lead for the Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research, began investigating whether the pandemic impacted military veterans differently than non-veterans.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date June 26, 2023
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Press Coverage    COMBAT

A Military Veteran’s Advice on Leadership in Healthcare? Build Leader Resiliency to Reduce Burnout

 

Kathleen Flarity, DNP, associate clinical professor of emergency medicine and deputy director for the Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research, was interviewed about her work in military resiliency research on MarketScale's Holistic Leadership podcast.


Author MarketScale | Publish Date June 15, 2023
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Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

CU School of Medicine Launches Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative

The University of Colorado School of Medicine has officially launched the Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, bringing CU Anschutz experts together to serve as a trusted community and national resource for firearms-related research and solutions.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date April 24, 2023
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COMBAT

Challenges of Medical Care in Space

On Monday, the Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research welcomed NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, MD, to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where he presented at a distinguished leader seminar on “The Challenges of Medical Care in Space: A Perspective From Low Earth Orbit and the Future of Human Spaceflight."


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date April 12, 2023
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Veteran and Military Health    COMBAT

Protecting At-Risk Populations: New Study on Lethal Means Safety Counseling Among U.S. National Guard Personnel

According to the 2020 Department of Defense (DoD) Annual Suicide Report, approximately 60%-80% of suicides among service members are enacted with a firearm. The DoD and other stakeholders recommend lethal means safety counseling (LMSC), a type of intervention intended to reduce firearm suicide risk among military service members.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date April 06, 2023
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Research    Veteran and Military Health    ATLAS    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield Research Continues to Build and Boost Research Partnerships

On Wednesday, The Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research hosted leaders from Uniformed Services University (USU) on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus for a research affiliation agreement ceremony to highlight the continued research partnership between USU and the CU School of Medicine.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date March 17, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    Community    Faculty    Veteran and Military Health    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

CU Faculty Lead Report on 10 Recommendations to Promote Firearm Injury Prevention

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has identified firearm suicide prevention as a key priority, but critical gaps remain in preventing deaths by firearm among service members. According to the 2020 DoD Annual Suicide Report, approximately 60-80% of suicides among service members are enacted with a firearm.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date December 06, 2022
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Research    Community    ATLAS    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT    TRIAD

Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield Research Hosts Rep. Crow to Highlight Defense Health Research

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow visited the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on Monday to learn more about current programs and research on the campus that address the U.S. military’s medical needs, including solutions in combat casualty care, critical and emergency care, surgical trauma, and acute mental health. The Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research hosted the visit that included additional CU leadership and research groups for a supportive discussion on current military medical challenges.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date December 02, 2022
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Research    Community    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

Protecting and Supporting Veterans Through Mental Health Interventions

On Veterans Day, we honor those who serve and have served in the U.S. military. For two University of Colorado School of Medicine researchers, Veterans Day is also a time to reflect on the importance of mental health support for veterans at risk for suicide. Through intervention strategies and close collaboration with veterans and clinicians, they are working on strategies and tactics to prevent veteran suicides by firearm.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date November 11, 2022
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Press Coverage    COMBAT

Mental health experts say locals responding to Hurricane Ian need to watch for signs of PTSD

Mental health experts say locals responding to Hurricane Ian need to watch for signs of PTSD. “First responders’ instinct is going to be to help other people. It’s in their training, it’s in their character, and it’s really important they take stock of their own stress levels and mental health and lean on each other for support,” Stanley said.


Author Fox 31 | Channel 2 | Publish Date October 02, 2022
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Research    Community    COMBAT

Emergency Medicine Researchers Lead Innovation at Military Health Science Research Symposium

The focus on providing care for those on the front lines continues to grow with more investments in research to improve care for service members on battlegrounds. That research was on full display at this year’s Military Health Science Research Symposium (MHSRS), hosted by the Department of Defense (DOD), where researchers and faculty members from the University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine presented new scientific findings. 


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date September 30, 2022
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Press Coverage    COMBAT    TRIAD

Dr Bebarta Discusses Deadly Fentanyl in Colorado with the Gazette

EDITORIAL: Recriminalize deadly fentanyl in Colorado


Author The Gazette | Publish Date February 20, 2022
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Research    COMBAT

Dr. Bebarta Awarded NIH Award to Investigate Chlorine Gas Counter-Measures

Dr. Bebarta was awarded a highly competitive NIH R21 research grant to study the use of thiosulfate for chlorine gas exposures, which can cause deadly respiratory symptoms in military or industrial exposures.


Author Unknown Author | Publish Date August 19, 2021
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Research    Press Coverage    COMBAT

Center for COMBAT Research testing BioSticker to predict COVID-19 infections

“We say we are working on solving the Department of Defense’s toughest clinical problems so it benefits the service members,” service member and UCHealth Doctor Vik Bebarta said. Bebarta also leads the CU Anschutz COMBAT Center. “We also want to benefit our Colorado community as a whole.”


Author 9News | Publish Date March 31, 2021
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Diversity    COMBAT

Dr. Flarity Promoted to Brigadier General

Kathleen Flarity, DNP, PhD, the Deputy Director of the COMBAT Center, was recently promoted to the Rank of Brigadier General and will serve as the interim Command Surgeon for the US Air Force Air Mobility Command (AMC). 

AMC is one of the largest commands in the US military, and oversees a budget of $781M with $1.6B in assets in support of 6,250 personnel to lead en route combat casualty care for the future battlefield.  She is the first woman to hold this senior leadership position.


Author Unknown Author | Publish Date October 22, 2020
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COMBAT

Mackensie Shribbs, MD Named as Prestigious Pat Tillman Foundation Scholar

Out of over 1700 national applicants, Dr. (Captain) Mackenzie Shribbs, MD, and MPH candidate at the University of Colorado, was recently named a Pat Tillman Foundation Scholar. Dr. Shribbs is a current US Air Force Active Duty physician, as well as Faculty and a Global Emergency Medicine and Public Health Fellow in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado, Anschutz. As part of her Fellowship training she is helping to support the work of the Global Emergency Collaborative Initiative at the University of Colorado (GECI) and is actively pursuing her Masters of Public Health through the Colorado School of Public Health.

This scholarship, named in honor of former NFL and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, will further support Dr. Shribbs’ global and public health work. Her decision to pursue advanced training in global emergency care is based on extensive prior international experiences. She deployed to Niger as the sole physician in an austere military outpost to provide care to U.S. Special Forces, coalition forces, and local civilians as part of the Tactical Critical Care Evacuation Team. She has also provided medical care in Ghana, India, Ireland, Dominican Republic, and Mexico.

Once her studies are complete Dr. Shribbs intends to return to active duty with the US Air Force —having taken what she’s learned at the University of Colorado and the Department of Emergency Medicine to advance public health at an international level in a responsible and efficient manner while still maintaining global security. She aims to lead US military global health programs, make a positive footprint worldwide in the operational setting, and strategically highlight the important role public health has within security.

About the Pat Tillman Foundation
Pat Tillman was a former NFL player for the Arizona Cardinals, who left the NFL to join the Army Rangers soon after 9/11. The Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) is named in honor of Pat Tillman who died in combat. The PTF supports academic scholarships for future world-class American military leaders from healthcare to business and policy. These scholars are making a difference in the fields of healthcare, business, public service, STEM, education and the humanities.

Dr. Mackensie Shribbs’ work is sponsored by the following University organizations, to learn more please visit the following:


Author Unknown Author | Publish Date June 24, 2020
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Press Coverage    COMBAT

Dr. Bebarta Emergency Medicine Profile

Dr. Bebarta shares his philosophy and principles as a leader in the Department of Emergency Medicine.


Author CU Anschutz News | Publish Date January 25, 2019
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Press Coverage    COMBAT

Dr. Bebarta Featured in ACEP 50 Year Celebration

Dr. Bebarta shares his philosophy and reason for choosing Emergency Medicine as a career. The ACEP video takes us through an interview with Dr. Bebarta and a day in the life of his work in the emergency room.


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The Dantastic Mr Tox & Howard Podcast: The Scent of Bitter Almonds Always Reminded Him of Deadly Bacon

Join Dan & Howard as they chat with Dr. Vik Bebarta and learn about cyanide infused bacon, hydrogen sulfide, detergent suicide, military teletoxicology and the variety of antidotes and therapies to make you well. Chock full of smoky goodness, this is a delightful listen for your holiday weekend.


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Press Coverage    COMBAT

I Treated Chemical Attack Victims - Antidotes Should Be Made Available on Street Corners

"As an American Emergency Physician with over 14 years' active duty in the US Air Force and four combat deployments, I have treated a myriad of military and civilian victims including those from chemical weapons. I have in fact seen and treated virtually every type of war and civilian injury but nothing is quite a jarring as caring for someone burned by chlorine or choked by a toxic gas." - Vik Bebarta, MD, professor, emergency medicine- medical toxicology and pharmacology


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Coloradan Seeks Chemical Weapons Antidote

Lt. Col. Vik Bebarta, who served as a military doctor in Afghanistan, Iraq and Jordan has treated troops exposed to chemical weapons. He's now at the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus researching an antidote to chemical exposure.  


Author CPR | Publish Date April 17, 2017
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Press Coverage    COMBAT

Air Force Doctor Garners Multiple Awards for Contributions to Military Medicine

A doctor from the 59th Medical Wing received multiple honors recently for his research in treating wounded service members.

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Vikhyat Bebarta, the director of the 59th MDW En Route Care Research Center (ECRC) and chief of medical toxicology at the San Antonio Military Medical Center on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, was notified he will receive the Air Force Association's 2014 Paul W. Myers award and the National Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Basic Science award for his contributions to medicine.


Author U.S. Air Force | Publish Date October 12, 2014
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Department of Emergency Medicine In the News

The Colorado Sun

Gun-related injuries in Colorado cost at least $8.4 million in medical bills in 2022

news outletThe Colorado Sun
Publish DateJune 07, 2024

Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, professor of emergency medicine and founding director of the CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, was quoted on the new report findings.

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O2Matic

O2matic’s Proprietary Technology tbe Evaluated by the University of Colorado, Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense

news outletO2Matic
Publish DateMay 29, 2024

Adit Ginde, MD, MPH, professor of emergency medicine, and his team’s work has paved the way for the SAVE-O2 trial, a multicenter randomized clinical trial funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. The SAVE-O2 trial focuses on redefining oxygen requirements in critically ill trauma patients through targeting normoxemia.

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U.S. Army

Securing Hope: Strategies for Lethal Means Safety, With Emmy Betz, M.D.

news outletU.S. Army
Publish DateMay 07, 2024

Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, professor of emergency medicine and director of the CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, was quoted in a U.S. Army article based on her webinar, Securing Hope: Strategies for Lethal Means Safety.

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Fox 31 | Channel 2

Denver Health offering free gun locks, violence prevention services

news outletFox 31 | Channel 2
Publish DateApril 02, 2024

Benjamin Li, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine and emergency medicine physician with Denver Health, spoke with FOX31 about the importance of safe firearm storage.

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