• AAST June Cutting Edge

    AAST Communications Committee, Cutting Edge Subcommittee

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    Welcome to the Cutting Edge! Our goal is to provide info that will be useful to the practicing acute care surgeon.
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    View what's going on with AAST! From upcoming deadlines to educational offerings, read up on what's happening!

    prevention quarter

    Firearm Violence Perspective from the Injury Prevention Committee

    Our world has an unfortunately long history of violence. There have been countless wars and currently, there are multiple wars in the world. The war in Ukraine has caused 3,998 civilian deaths and 4,693 injuries to date, figures that continue to escalate daily.The wars in Myanmar, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Congo, Chad, Somalia, and Ethiopia are just as devastating, even if they do not get as much media coverage. Additionally, in communities across the globe, people suffer daily forms of violence.

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    IPV and Elderly

    It is said that in British common law in the late 18th century a husband was allowed to “physically chastise” his wife, provided the stick used was “no thicker than his thumb.” While the validity of this statement has been called into question, it is clear that intimate partner violence (IPV) and domestic violence (DV) is not new concept. What is new, however, is the recognition of the prevalence of IPV. 

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    diversity, equity, and inclusion feature:

    The Intersection of DEI, Trauma, and Public Policy
    The recent events of gun violence in Buffalo, NY, Laguna Woods, CA, and Uvalde, TX highlight the important and unique intersection of diversity/equity/inclusion (DEI), trauma, and public policy, and why we as trauma and acute care surgeons must be aligned in our collective voices to advocate for systemic change. Part of the mission of the AAST DEI Committee is to “advocate for issues that affect disadvantaged patient populations”.
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    Evolution In Surgery
    It is interesting how things seem to stay the same and evolve simultaneously. For countless years, historically excluded groups have yearned for equality, sometimes with a quiet voice and now with a louder, stronger voice. Two years ago, a virtual symposium was held by the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. The focus of that symposium was on creating impactful changes through prioritizing DEI.

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    The Origins of a New Trauma Center
    “My sweet baby could still be alive today if the U. of C. had a trauma center. It’s just down the street.” These words were spoken by Sheila Rush, mother of Damien Turner, an 18-year-old advocate and aspiring musician, who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on August 15, 2010. Damien was a random victim of a senseless shooting that took his life, only 3 blocks from the University of Chicago’s medical campus.

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    The Associate Member Council is seeking a call for nominations for open positions on the council to serve from September 2022-September 2024!
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