(June 26, 2019) – Assistant Professor Stacy A Drake, PhD, MPH, RN, Department of Research, is lead author of a new article in Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open.

Stacy A Drake, Dwayne A Wolf, Janet C Meininger, Stanley Cron, Thomas Reynold, Charles E Wade, John B Holcomb. Methodology to reliably measure preventable trauma death rate. Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open, May 2017, 2(1) e000106; DOI:10.1136/tsaco-2017-000106

Two of Drake’s coauthors – Stanley Cron, MSPH, and Professor Emerita Janet C. Meininger, PhD, RN, FAAN – are Cizik School of Nursing faculty members. The others are affiliated with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth or Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

The authors note that no national consensus prevails among varying groups of clinicians for defining preventability or documenting methods by which preventability is determined. The article describes a methodology for establishing a trauma preventable death rate (PDR) in Harris County, which has >4 million residents, encompasses a geographic area of 1,777 square miles and includes the City of Houston.

The authors adapted a military method recently used in Southwest Asia to determine the potential preventability of civilian trauma deaths occurring across a large and diverse population. The project design, the authors say, will allow a data-driven approach to improve services across the entire spectrum of trauma care, from prevention through rehabilitation.

This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial.