The Trauma Services staff has continued to engage in research projects in order to accomplish the goal of preventing injuries and providing the highest level of injury care. Recent efforts have focused on equity of care in the urban core and eliminating variations in care. Specifically, we have sought to understand neighborhood-to-neighborhood variation in injury patterns in the Greater Cincinnati area as well as disparities in injury outcomes for children. This knowledge will enable our team to examine more closely injury rates and patterns and to develop neighborhood-based action to reduce the social and environmental factors that drive frequency and severity of injury, Our research efforts seek to focus on community engagement initiatives at the community member and community leader level to reduce pediatric injury and to improve outcomes.

Recent research studies we have either led or participated in:

  • Using place-based indicators to identify potential targets for injury prevention
  • Co-designing and evaluating neighborhood-based interventions to reduce pediatric injury
  • Using place-based indicators to identify injury patterns and improve outcomes:  A statewide review
  • Contrast ultrasound for pediatric trauma – comparative evaluation (CAPTURE)
  • Understanding venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis in pediatric trauma patients:  A Midwest Pediatric Surgical Consortium Research Project (MWPSC)
  • Bridging the gaps: a multi-center, prospective study to improve our understanding of the individual and community level risk factors for non-lethal firearm injuries in the U.S. - ACS COT Firearm study
  • Children at risk: implementation and evaluation of a posttraumatic stress symptom screening program
  • Admission for isolated low-grade solid organ injury may not be necessary
  • Non-accidental trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The epidemiology of pediatric injury during stay-at-home orders, a multi-institutional analysis
  • Prospective longitudinal trial evaluating operative vs. non-operative management of pancreatic injuries in the pediatric population.