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CU Department of Emergency Medicine Top Stories of 2023

In 2023, the University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine celebrated the launch of the CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative and the Program for EMS and Prehospital Care, while introducing brand new research in emergency airway management, mental health, critical trauma care, and more.

Emergency medicine faculty grew education and collaboration efforts by bringing renowned, national leaders in medicine to campus, hosting seminars and discussions on firearm injury prevention, leading a toxicology fellowship, presenting research at conferences worldwide, and mentoring military collaborators, researchers, and students.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date December 18, 2023
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Research    Family Violence

CU Professor Aims to Reduce Elder Abuse through Collaboration and Research on the ‘Whole Family’ Approach

Each year, an estimated five million Americans age 60 or older will experience some form of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Daniel Lindberg, MD, professor of emergency medicine in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has seen an increase reflected in elder abuse cases in the emergency department at UCHealth.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date November 30, 2023
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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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Research    Firearm Injury Prevention    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Extreme Risk Protection Order Cases in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment

Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, director of the University of Colorado Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative and professor of emergency medicine in the CU School of Medicine, led a study that examined Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) cases for older adults in six states. The study was funded by the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research and published earlier this month in the journal Clinical Gerontologist.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date September 20, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Community

The Intersection of Toxicology and Community

The negative impacts of opioids and drug overdoses continue to rise, and toxicologists are helping to lead the way to address the crisis.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date August 16, 2023
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Research    Firearm Injury Prevention    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

New Grant Will Support the Creation of Educational Resources on Extreme Risk Protection Orders in Colorado

Christopher Knoepke, PhD, MSW, LCSW, law enforcement lead for the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, received a two-year grant from the Fund for a Safer Future and is leading a project with the Colorado Attorney General’s office and law enforcement agencies throughout the state to create new videos and discussion guides on extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs).


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date August 15, 2023
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Research    Firearm Injury Prevention    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz

Mapping Mass Shootings in the United States

The United States has more than 10 times the number of mass shooting incidents than other developed countries, yet little research has shown the distribution and types of shootings, geographically.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date July 26, 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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Research    Press Coverage

It Takes an Average of 17 Years for Evidence to Change Practice—the Burgeoning Field of Implementation Science Seeks to Speed Things Up

Bethany Kwan, PhD, associate professor of emergency medicine, quoted on accessibility for monoclonal antibody treatments.


Author JAMA Network | Publish Date April 05, 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    Diversity    Prehospital Care and EMS

Study Explores Disparities in Emergency Medical Services Care in the U.S.

Emergency medical services (EMS), or prehospital care teams, are the first medical contact for people needing immediate care and because of that they can have significant impact on how treatment will continue. Due to environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic factors, some patients don’t get the care they need, presenting EMS leadership with challenges to improve access to quality and equitable care.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date February 21, 2023
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Research    Education    Awareness    Clinical    Leadership    Opioid Research

Opioid Overdose Dashboard Enhances Research and Clinical Practices

Last week, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), launched a first-of-its-kind national data dashboard of non-fatal opioid overdoses across the country.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date December 16, 2022
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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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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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Research    Press Coverage    ATLAS

CU Contributes Key Data to National Study of Airway Management

Effect of Use of a Bougie vs Endotracheal Tube With Stylet on Successful Intubation on the First Attempt Among Critically Ill Patients Undergoing Tracheal Intubation


Author JAMA Network | Publish Date December 08, 2021
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Research    Press Coverage    ATLAS

Dr. Ginde Discusses Monoclonal Antibodies and how they Treat COVID-19 on CPR

A lot remains elusive about COVID-19 -- including what to expect from the new Omicron variant. But scientists do know a few things: the vaccine offers the best protection yet and, more recently, that monoclonal antibodies help prevent severe illness. Ragan Sasaki was fully vaccinated when she caught the virus in October. Monoclonal antibodies helped her get better. Dr. Adit Ginde is an emergency physician at UC Health and professor of emergency medicine at the CU School of Medicine. He explains how the treatment works.


Author CPR | Publish Date December 02, 2021
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Research    Press Coverage    ATLAS

IVY Network Shows Strong Association Between COVID Vaccination and Decreased Disease Severity

Association Between mRNA Vaccination and COVID-19 Hospitalization and Disease Severity.


Author JAMA Network | Publish Date November 04, 2021
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Research    Press Coverage    ATLAS

Dr. Ginde Discusses Monoclonal Antibody Treatment as a Compliment to Vaccines

People who get COVID-19 have a treatment option that can significantly reduce their odds of hospitalization, but it’s not a substitute for trying to avoid infection in the first place through vaccination, doctors say.


Author The Denver Post | Publish Date September 10, 2021
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Research    Press Coverage    ATLAS

Dr. Ginde Describes how Monoclonal Antibody Treatment can Protect High Risk COVID Patients

How monoclonal antibody treatment can protect high-risk Covid patients


Author NBC News | Publish Date August 31, 2021
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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    Firearm Injury Prevention

Dr. Betz Featured in JAMA News

“It feels like there’s this wonderful [burst of] topics being studied, the questions being asked, the answers we’re getting, as well as the growth of the people doing the work, which is what we’ve needed for decades,” Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, said in an interview. “We’re still way behind, but hopefully it will continue,” noted Betz, who received 2 NIH awards.


Author JAMA Network | Publish Date August 04, 2021
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Research    Press Coverage    ATLAS

CU Emergency Medicine Leads Cutting-Edge COVID Research

As severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccination coverage increases in the United States, there is a need to understand the real-world effectiveness against severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and among people at increased risk for poor outcomes.


Author Oxford Academic | Publish Date May 01, 2021
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Research    Press Coverage    ATLAS

Monoclonal Antibody Work Receives Media Attention

UCHealth doctors urge recently diagnosed COVID patients to consider monoclonal antibody treatment


Author KDVR | Publish Date April 27, 2021
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Research    Press Coverage    ATLAS

Dr. Ginde Weighs in on Vitamin D as a Way to Prevent COVID

A Year In, Here's What We Know About Vitamin D For Preventing COVID


Author NPR | Publish Date April 14, 2021
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Research    Press Coverage    Firearm Injury Prevention    Patient-Centered Injury Prevention

Data on gun violence would save lives — just like it has for car crashes

In 2010, total U.S. traffic deaths fell to their lowest level since the 1950s – due in part to more motorists buying into “buckling up and embracing safety innovations.” Motor vehicle death rates have remained roughly steady since that time despite more people driving.


Author The Hill | Publish Date April 08, 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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Research    ATLAS

Dr. Ginde leads effort to reach and treat Coloradans with COVID-19

The nation has been coping with the pandemic for more than a year, and in this time, researchers have learned a great deal about how to treat COVID-19. Yet they have also been faced with what they still must learn, including how to reach the individuals who have been most dramatically impacted by the disease.


Author Unknown Author | Publish Date March 18, 2021
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Research    Press Coverage

Drs. Lemery and Hynes Discuss Training Clinical and Public Health Leaders in Climate and Health

Training Clinical And Public Health Leaders In Climate And Health


Author Health Affairs | Publish Date December 15, 2020
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Research    Opioid Research

Dr. Comstock Receives Award to Study Medication Assisted Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) has been shown to improve outcomes for patients dealing with substance use disorder. The University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine is a leader in bringing MAT to the emergency setting, but there is much work to do before MAT is available to most emergency patients.

Dr. Comstock, in partnership with the Hoppe Lab, was awarded the EMF/NIDA Mentored Training Award in Substance Use Disorders Science Dissemination to fund their project: Defining and Addressing Barriers to Buprenorphine Prescribing in Emergency Departments Across a Healthcare System


Author Unknown Author | Publish Date December 11, 2020
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Dr. Abbate to Study Non-Pharmacological Treatments for Pain in Older Veterans

As we learn more and more about the dangers of opioid pain medications, alternative approaches for chronic pain are desperately needed, especially for older patients where the side effects of pain medications can be the most problematic. Dr. Lauren Abbate received a grant from the Emergency Medicine Foundation to study non-pharmacologic treatments, including exercise and weight management, for non-traumatic knee pain in older veterans.


Author Unknown Author | Publish Date October 09, 2020
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Research    Press Coverage

Dr. Little to Study Regional Disaster Response

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) today awarded Denver Health and Hospital Authority a $3 million cooperative agreement to demonstrate how a Regional Disaster Health Response System (RDHRS) can improve medical surge and clinical specialty capabilities – including trauma, burn or other specialty care – during a national emergency and save more lives.


Author Public Health Emergency | Publish Date September 30, 2020
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Research    Global Trauma Network

7M in Grants Awarded to Study Trauma Outcomes in South Africa

The C3 (Cape-Colorado-COMBAT) Global Trauma Network was awarded a pair of research grants funded by the US Department of Defense to study trauma outcomes in the Western Cape of South Africa over a 5-year period. The study is nicknamed “EpiC” (the official title is, “Epidemiology and Outcomes of Combat-Relevant Prolonged Trauma Care: a Prospective Multicenter Prehospital Study in South Africa.”)

In this exciting study, the co-PI’s, Dr. Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman and Dr. Adit Ginde, have brought together a large team of multi-disciplinary collaborators and co-investigators from the University of Colorado, Denver Health, the US military, and multiple institutions in South Africa, led by Stellenbosch University. This EMS-trauma-emergency medicine collaborative project leverages 6-years’ worth of research experience and infrastructure built by the team.

The study will help answer several high-priority questions on how time and early resuscitative interventions impact morbidity and mortality in critically-injured trauma patients. The answers to these questions are needed to improve care of injured military and civilian populations, worldwide. The team plans to recruit about 100,000 trauma patients in their exceptionally high-trauma environment in the Western Cape of South Africa. 

The research team anticipates that this project will lay the foundation for additional focused studies on specific trauma sub-populations, for example, persons with severe traumatic brain injuries and those with hemorrhagic shock.


Author Internal Article | Publish Date September 09, 2020
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Research    Press Coverage    Clinical Informatics

How Will Artificial Intelligence Affect Health Care?

The explosion of big data promises potential breakthroughs in disease treatments, but, just as in the development of new drugs, scientists and clinicians must exercise caution in how they apply algorithms and other technologies, according to a CU Anschutz panel of experts


Author CU Anschutz News | Publish Date February 21, 2019
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Research    Press Coverage    Cardiac Arrest

Bystanders less likely to perform CPR on women: studies

“While these are actual fears the public holds, it is important to realize that CPR is lifesaving and should be rendered to collapsed individuals regardless of gender, race or ethnicity,” says lead study author Dr. Sarah M. Perman, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado.


Author New York Post | Publish Date November 05, 2018
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Research    Press Coverage    Firearm Injury Prevention

How Families of Gun Owners with Dementia Grapple with Safety

Around half of all Americans older than 65 live in a home with a firearm. And one in three senior citizens dies with some form of dementia. By one estimate, by 2050, as many as 12 million people with dementia may live in homes with guns.


Author PBS News Hour | Publish Date June 25, 2018
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Research    Press Coverage    Clinical Informatics

Is Speech Recognition Viable in the Emergency Department?

The University of Colorado and Brigham and Women's Hospital published "Incidence of Speech Recognition Errors in the Emergency Department" to explore more about the mistakes that had entered the EHR system through the ED. How many errors had actually been introduced? Were they trivial, or did they have the potential to impact the quality of care or create medical liability?


Author For the Record | Publish Date April 01, 2017
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Research    Press Coverage    Cardiac Arrest

Hypothermia Protects Brain Function, Increases Survival After Nonshockable Cardiac Arrest

Using therapeutic hypothermia to treat comatose patients who have experienced an in- or out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and who have nonshockable initial rhythms can increase their chance of survival neurologically intact, new research suggests[1].


Author Medscape | Publish Date November 24, 2015
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Department of Emergency Medicine In the News

Becker's Health IT

What health system execs think about Amazon's healthcare layoffs

news outletBecker's Health IT
Publish DateFebruary 27, 2024

Amazon is learning that healthcare is “complicated,” as one health system leader told Becker’s….“Who would have thought healthcare was complicated?” said Richard Zane, chief innovation officer of Aurora, Colo.-based UCHealth. “To say that it is white knuckle time in healthcare would be an understatement.”

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The Denver Post

Hospitals’ uncompensated care for migrants in Colorado is not sustainable, UCHealth warns

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateFebruary 27, 2024

Health care workers want to help, but hospitals can’t keep providing this level of uncompensated care, let alone meet migrant patients’ full needs, said Richard Zane, an emergency medicine physician and UCHealth’s chief innovation officer. UCHealth needs to receive reimbursement and to have somewhere to refer patients for housing and other supports, he said. “It is not sustainable,” Zane said.

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LAist

The Wheel Thing: Too Old To Drive? How To Tell

news outletLAist
Publish DateFebruary 27, 2024

Within a decade a quarter of all drivers in the U. S. will be over 65. Some help on understanding if you, or someone you love, needs to hang up the keys. Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, professor of emergency medicine, was interviewed for the Take Two podcast.

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KY3

New multicultural event to curb gun violence in Springfield, Mo.

news outletKY3
Publish DateFebruary 26, 2024

University of Colorado Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative researchers Ginny McCarthy, MPH, MDiv, and Erin Wright Kelly, DrPH, MA, attended the Hand In Hand Multicultural Center gun violence forum this past weekend in Springfield, Missouri. Ginny and Erin were interviewed for KY3 News.

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