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Trauma Association of Canada (TAC) Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference

On February 22-23, 2018, Lerners LLP sponsored the Trauma Association of Canada (TAC) Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference, which was held at the Hilton, Toronto. Many trauma physicians, nurses, and personnel attended from all across Canada.

In addition to many pertinent seminars and presentations by leaders in the trauma field, this well organized conference hosted the Raccoons Den Competition.

The organizers received 16 abstract submissions from across Canada with research projects focusing on a wide spectrum of topics, including bench research, system delays, hand-held technology to improve early diagnostics, epidemiologic surveillance, best practices in trauma care for specific sub-populations, novel treatment regimes, and trauma staff performance metrics. The abstracts were sent to a team of preliminary reviewers and four finalists were selected.

On the last day of the conference, the four finalist teams presented live to a large “Den” audience and a panel of “Raccoons” comprised of a pediatric surgeon, an emergency medicine trauma physician, a former trauma patient, and a pre-hospital physician.

Similarly to the concept of Dragon’s Den on CBC, the panel of Raccoons critiqued and judged each project. No project was spared and minute flaws were clawed at. The winning research project would earn $10,000.00 in unrestricted research funding.

At the end of four excellent presentations, the Racoons decided along with audience influence who was the winning presentation. The winning team from Quebec won $10,000 and presented on “The Tapering Opioids Prescription Program for Trauma Patients at High Risk of Chronic Consumption (TOPP-Trauma).”

Other presentations by finalists included the second place team who won $2,000 and presented on “From the Golden Hour to the Platinum 72 Hours: Implementing Best Practices in Geriatric Trauma Care.” The remaining finalists won $500 each and presented on “The effect of a mindfulness-based intervention in patients admitted after traumatic injury” and “Utility of near-infrared spectroscopy for detecting intracranial hemorrhage in the field among patients sustaining blunt trauma.”

Lerners is proud to have sponsored the prizes for the Raccoons Den Competition and contributed in a small way to the advancement of trauma care in Canada. The 2019 Trauma Association of Canada (TAC) Annual Scientific Meeting and Co

Yasar Saffie

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