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HIRSCH AWARD: Honoring the Memory of Erwin F. Hirsch, MD


Dr. Erwin F. Hirsch (1935-2008) was a dedicated, talented trauma surgeon who served with great distinction as Chief of Trauma Surgery at Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center (BMC) for 25 years. In celebration of Dr. Hirsch’s memory, an award has been established to honor an employee of Boston Medical Center (BMC) or Boston University (BU) who has contributed to the care of trauma patients.
• Any current BMC or BU employee who interacts with trauma patients and/or the trauma program
• Committee members and self-nominations are ineligible

Candidates may meet any of the following criteria:
• Identified and resolved a unique patient care problem
• Conducted research or introduced an innovation that enhances trauma care
• Consistently went above and beyond expectations, or overcame barriers to providing trauma care
• Authored publications or gave presentations on trauma care
• Made a contribution to the trauma program that had a lasting impact
• Performed an act of distinction or merit that improved an outcome
• Contributed to trauma care through military service
• Submit a letter of recommendation describing the nominee’s worthiness for this award, specifically addressing the relevant award criteria (see above). Send the letter to: Joseph S. Blansfield, MS, NP, TCRN, Trauma & Acute Care Surgery Program Manager at
• The deadline for letters of recommendation is Friday, August 31, 2018.
• The recipient of the Hirsch Award will be notified in the Fall and receive a $1,000 award and recognition at Surgical Grand Rounds.

Salute to Nurses!

Congratulations to Lynda Cohen, Benjamin Henry, Beth Stevenson, Kristen Zetlan, and Mallary Coleman on their recognition in the 2017 Salute to Nurses!

“Our 28-year-old son suffered a traumatic brain injury in our home after returning from the February Patriots parade. He was taken to Boston Medical Center where he underwent emergency neurosurgery for bleeding into his brain. He also suffered a cervical fracture and multiple facial fractures.

After surgery, Brendan was admitted to the surgical ICU and that is where we encountered so many wonderful nurses. We were frightened, tearful, and unsure of what the future held. These nurses encouraged us to speak with and touch Brendan. Their compassion was evident from the beginning.

Our son improved while in the ICU; he came off the ventilator, sedation was lightened, and he began to respond to us and follow commands. These nurses cared for Brendan with clinical expertise, a reassuring manner, and a sense of humor that was just what we needed. I am a nurse and have never been more proud of our profession.” –Nominated by Susan Gavaghan

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month!

DD Month

Distracted Driving Pledge

The fight to end distracted driving starts with you. Make the commitment to drive phone-free today.

Distracted driving kills and injures thousands of people each year. By making this pledge, you pledge to:

1) Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.

2) Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in your car is distracted.

3) Encourage your friends and family to drive phone-free.

Please go to this link and take the pledge: DD pledge

Remember to select BMC as your affiliate hospital to be entered into a drawing for a Boston Trauma Goodie Bag!




Dr. Tejal Brahmbhatt visits Lawrence General Hospital


Tejal Brahmbhatt, MD, an Attending Surgeon in the sections of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care here at Boston Medical Center was recently invited to hold Grand Rounds at Lawrence General Hospital as visiting faculty to present “Update on the Current Management of Blunt Splenic Injuries”.  He spoke to an audience of surgeons, as well as Operating Room and Emergency Department faculty and staff, about the current literature regarding the management of blunt splenic injuries.  Key points that were emphasized during the lecture highlighted the important value of non-operative techniques that would avoid significant morbidity associated with an open splenectomy.  Dr. Brahmbhatt received a warm reception from the trauma staff at Lawrence General and we look forward to continued collaborations.

Back to School Safety

Kids are heading back to school! Now that all the new backpacks are filled and ready to go it’s time to think about back to school safety.

Please see these tips from the National Safety Council to make sure you get to and from school safely, and prevent backpack and playground related injuries.


July is Eye Injury Prevention Month!

Protecting your eyes from injury is one of the most basic things you can do to keep your vision healthy throughout your life.
You may be somewhat aware of the possible risks of eye injuries, but are you taking the easiest step of all to prevent 90 percent of those injuries: wearing the proper protective eyewear?

If you are not taking this step, you are not alone. According to a national survey by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, only 35 percent of respondents said they always wear protective eyewear when performing home repairs or maintenance; even fewer do so while playing sports.

Eye Injury Facts and Myths

  • Men are more likely to sustain an eye injury than women.
  • Most people believe that eye injuries are most common on the job — especially in the course of work at factories and construction sites. But, in fact, nearly half (44.7 percent) of all eye injuries occurred in the home, as reported during the fifth-annual Eye Injury Snapshot (conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma).
  • More than 40 percent of eye injuries reported in the Eye Injury Snapshot were caused by projects and activities such as home repairs, yard work, cleaning and cooking. More than a third (34.2 percent) of injuries in the home occurred in living areas such as the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living or family room.
  • More than 40 percent of eye injuries every year are related to sports or recreational activities.
  • Eyes can be damaged by sun exposure, not just chemicals, dust or objects.
  • Among all eye injuries reported in the Eye Injury Snapshot, more than 78 percent of people were not wearing eyewear at the time of injury. Of those reported to be wearing eyewear of some sort at the time of injury (including glasses or contact lenses), only 5.3 percent were wearing safety or sports glasses.


To read more information on how to protect your eyes from injury, please visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology at

Bicycle Helmet Safety


The warm weather is here and people are enjoying being out and about on their bicycles and scooters.  Now is a good time to remember the importance of bicycle helmet use and proper fit.  A Cochrane review found that helmets provide a 63% to 88% reduction in the risk of head, brain and severe brain injury for all ages of bicyclists.  Helmets provide equal levels of protection for crashes involving motor vehicles (69%) and crashes from all other causes (68%).  Injuries to the upper and mid facial areas are also reduced 65%.  Wearing a properly fitted helmet is vital to reducing your risk.

See our friends quick video from Safe Kids World Wide to ensure you are wearing your helmet correctly.