Eric Mahoney, MD, Trauma Surgeon, Boston Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine recently presented his research on evidence based guidelines for the evaluation of trauma patients at the 70th American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.
The annual meeting is the most prominently attended yearly meeting for trauma surgeons, and is intended to discuss trauma topics and foster advances in this field. The meeting includes panel experts, master surgeon lectures, abstract presentations and poster viewings. Additionally, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) is the organization that publishes The Journal of Trauma.
Dr. Mahoney’s research, “Evidence based guidelines are equivalent to a liberal CT scan protocol for initial patient evaluation but are associated with decreased CT scan use, cost, and radiation exposure” was work that he had done to improve Boston Medical Center’s approach to treating trauma patients. In the past, the hospital had employed a liberal approach to using CT Scans during patient evaluation. However, with Dr. Mahoney’s work, the hospital was able to demonstrate that by using evidence based guidelines developed through his research, the use of CT Scans was reduced by 37%, radiation exposure to the patients was reduced by 33%, and hospital charges by greater than $1,000,000 over a four month period were also decreased. Furthermore, these reductions were seen without any increase in the incidence of missed injuries compared to the prior liberal CT Scan model.