Monthly Archives: May 2012

BMC visits the students of Silver Lake Regional High School to talk about safe driving

On the morning of March 30, 2012, four juniors at Silver Lake Regional High School were injured in a serious crash versus an empty school bus on their way to school.  Approximately 1,200 students from the surrounding area attend the school. Junior prom, scheduled for the night of the crash was held.  Two of the students were transported to Boston Medical Centerfor management of their serious injuries.  


On Wednesday, May 23, staff members from the Boston Medical Center trauma team including doctors and members of social work who cared for the injured students visited Silver Lake Regional High School.  Richard Kelley, Principal of Silver Lake Regional High School, and the families of the students involved in the crash spoke as well.

Eric Mahoney, MD, FACS, a trauma and acute care surgeon and Lisa Allee, MSW, LICSW, Injury Prevention Coordinator; Director, Community Violence Response Team, presented on Wednesday night.  The safe driving presentations stressed the importance of healthy choices and seat belt use, the risks of distracted driving and the realities of injuries that may be sustained during a car crash.  The event was moving and emotional as family, friends, classmates, and community members attended.  It reflected a true outpouring of support for those affected by the crash with more than 600 people filling the school’s auditorium. 

Head Games: The Film

Inspired by events from the book Head Games written by Christopher Nowinski, co-director of the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, the film offers revealing insight and cutting-edge science on head trauma from the nation’s leading medical experts, including CSTE co-directors Robert A. Stern, PhD, Ann McKee, MD, and Robert C. Cantu, MA, MD, FACS, FACSM, who will be available for questions at the premiere.

A screening will be held on June 6, 2012 at 6 pm. Information on the screening can be found here.


Presented in collaboration with the BU School of Medicine and the Sports Legacy Institute.

BMC welcomes Michael Murphy, MD, South Shore Hospital and Mark Durling, EMT-P, Hingham Fire to Trauma Video Conference

Boston Medical Center’s Division of Trauma Surgery hosts a monthly video conference with our colleagues at Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, MA and Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, MA where we present and discuss trauma-related cases. 

This morning we had a great conference as Michael Murphy, MD, at South Shore Medical Center and Mark Durling, EMT-P, from Hingham Fire joined us to discuss a recent case that presented to BMC. By bringing together all of those who participated in the patients care: from the first responders in the field (Hingham Fire); to the community hospital (South Shore Hospital) where the patient was initially transported; to our trauma center at BMC where the patient was transferred, we were able to not only fully appreciate the complexity in handling major trauma but also the continuum of care necessary to make it successful.  

This educational forum is an ongoing way to share clinical experiences with one another where Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits can be earned and patient care across our region can be improved.

For more information, or if you facility is interested in participating in our Trauma Video Conference, please contact Joe Blansfield, Boston Medical Center Trauma Program Manager at 617.414.4088 or



Mark Durling, EMT-P, Hingham Fire, and Peter Burke, MD, Chief, Trauma Services discussing the case.




National Nurses Week: May 6 -12

Boston Trauma Celebrates National Nurses Week 2012

This year’s theme: “Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring.” 

Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers. Nurses work in emergency rooms, school based clinics, and homeless shelters, to name a few. Thet have many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher – and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. 



Courtesy of: American Nurses Association (ANA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention