Trauma Research & News

Our Trauma team integrates the best of science and innovative technology with sound outcomes as they treat patients suffering life-threatening injuries caused by trauma. Our multidisciplinary approach benefits from the involvement of colleagues from several departments across the health system.


Completed Research
  • Prehospital Whole Blood
  • Organ Donation Improvements
  • Trauma Education in the ED
  • Cost of Trauma Center Readiness
  • Needs Based Assessment of Trauma Systems
  • Interhospital Transfer of ECMO Patient
  • Precedex
  • Golf Cart Injuries
  • Post-ICU Syndrome and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PICS/PTSD)
  • Trauma IMCU Implementation
  • Trauma Nurse Navigator Implementation
  • Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Leading to Gastric Ischemia and Perforation: Surgical Management
  • Improving the Safety of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy with Indocyanine Green Dye
  • Surgical Management of Complex Volumetric Soft Tissue Defects
  • Utilization of EOU for Blunt Thoracic Trauma
  • Neurosurgery APP (advanced practice provider) Implementation 
  • REBOA (resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the Aorta) Implementation
  • Ketamine Use in Depression
Ongoing Research
  • Deterioration Index
  • Trauma Early Access
  • Postmortem CT
  • Teletrauma
  • Blunt cerebrovascular injury (BCVI)
  • Chest-wall reconstruction/rib fixation
  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE) Reduction
  • Prehospital Ultrasound
  • Vascular Trauma
  • Brain Injury Guidelines (BIG)
  • Foley Care and CAUTI (catheter associated urinary tract infection) Reduction
  • Ultrasound Guided Resuscitation
  • Operative Upper-Extremity Infections
  • Common Bile Duct Exploration
  • DVT: Trauma Readmissions
  • Myriad Ovine Wound Healing & NPWT
  • Resident Impact on TACS
  • Analysis of Routine Intraoperative Cholangiography in Cholecystectomy and Its Impact on Clinical and Economic Outcomes
  • AKI Rates in REBOA
  • Memory Journal Implementation
  • Spinal Cord Injury Order set Implementation
  • Multimodal Pain Management
Multicenter Projects, Long-Term Projects and Clinical Trials

Multicenter Projects

  • AAST Palliative Care
  • Geriatric REBOA
  • AAST Prehospital Airway
  • MASTRR Ovine Matrix Wound Healing
  • AAST Vascular Trauma Registry
  • AAST Time to Surgery in NCTH
  • Geriatric HITS
  • Prehospital Blood
  • AAST Vascular Injury Trial
  • ISS Estimation

Long-Term Projects

  • Prehospital Ultrasound Training
  • Nitrous Oxide for Dressing Changes
  • Ventilator Associated Pneumonia in STICU

Clinical Trials

  • TAP/CSL Behring
  • PROMPT/DoD Project
  • ReInvigorate Study (Stimdia)

Our Team has presented at the following conferences:

  • Southeastern Surgical Congress Annual Meeting (SESC)
  • STN’s TraumaCon
  • Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP)
  • Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA)
  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST)
  • American Associate for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
  • Georgia Quality Improvement Program (GQIP)
  • Georgia Committee for Trauma Excellence (GCTE)
  • Boswick Burn and Wound Care Symposium

Our Team has published in the following journals:

  • Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
  • Journal of Trauma Nursing
  • Traffic Injury Prevention
  • American Surgeon
  • AACN Advanced Critical Care
  • Cureus
  • JAAPA (Journal of the American Academy of PA’s)

TAP Trial

Trauma And Prothrombin Complex Concentrate (TAP) is one of the largest trauma trials ever conducted. It will involve up to 8,000 patients, across 140 hospitals in the United States and other countries.

The trial will evaluate the effectiveness of Kcentra®, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved product, on critically injured patients.


Researchers at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Gainesville’s Level I trauma center are participating in an international clinical trial to study how a device could increase trauma patients’ chances of survival. NGMC Gainesville was chosen among eight leading Level I trauma centers across the United States and Canada.


Registry of Myriad™ Utilization in Soft Tissue Reconstruction Procedures in Patients undergoing plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures. This is an observational, multi-center, single arm, Phase IV study designed to evaluate the safety and clinical outcomes of Myriad in soft tissue reconstruction procedures. The study is a Registry study and will enroll patients who are undergoing a surgical procedure, and where the attending physician will use Matrix and/or Morcells (and/or Morcells Fine) as part of the surgical intervention.

STIMDIA (ReInvigorate)

The pdSTIM Pivotal Study is a prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled clinical study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the pdSTIM System to facilitate weaning from mechanical ventilation through phrenic nerve stimulation. The objective of this study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of use of the pdSTIM System to increase diaphragm strength and improve weaning for subjects on mechanical ventilation when compared to standard of care.

Research Week

Research Week is an annual, week-long event celebrating and showcasing the research and scholarly activities of NGHS investigators.

Learn more about Research Week


Read the Trauma System News Article: The road to Level I verification

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