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ITACCS Committees and Their Members

The backbone of ITACCS lies in its enthusiastic membership and in its active committees. The following are a few examples:

  • Critical Care Committee (Chairperson: Maureen McCunn, M.D., M.I.P.P.) - The Critical Care Committee is dedicated to the education, research and publication of issues involving critical care management of patients following trauma. Our premise is that "Critical Care is a CONCEPT, not a location", implying that the care of critically injured patients should begin at the time they reach the hospital, through their initial work-up, operative interventions and until the time they leave the intensive care unit.

    Resuscitation continues often into the ICU course, and in addition to hemodynamic therapy, special attention to ventilator management, nutrition, source control of infection and patient fracture fixation and mobility are key.

    The Critical Care committee has just drafted the "ITACCS Ventilator Management Guidelines for Patients following Trauma", which will soon be available on this website.

  • Pediatric Trauma - This group of academic and private-practice traumatologists has dedicated itself to the improvement of trauma care for children. To date the principle thrust of this effort has been directed toward raising the general level of awareness of the unique requirements for dealing with injured children and their special needs, using a multifaceted approach employing ITACCS CME activities; hands-on workshops; book publications; and collaboration with other organizations concerned with the care of children. In addition, work continues on the ITACCS Resource Document for Optimum Anesthesia Care of the Injured Child. Longer range projects include collaboration in designing and implementing a "user friendly" comprehensive pediatric trauma system; promoting, designing and implementing clinical studies; as well as supporting applicable basic science research in pediatric trauma. The pace and scope of activity continue to quicken as projects are completed and new goals are set.

  • Disaster and Mass Casualty - One area of particular interest within trauma care is that of the clinical and administrative issues surrounding the optimal and efficient management of mass casualty situations, commonly associated with disasters, both natural and man-made.

    Since 1989, ITACCS has been involved in the area of medical management of disasters and has a standing Committee on Disasters and mass casualty, as well as a database of members ready to staff medical teams bound for these areas. With an obvious vested interest in the subject, ITACCS has continued to develop simulation models for studying common disaster scenarios and innovative responses to these imaginary situations. In certain instances, the plans developed by ITACCS have been applied to subsequent real-life situations (e.g., Schipol Airport, Amsterdam, 1992).

    In 1997, the ITACCS Disaster and Mass Casualty Committees launched the "International Chief Emergency Physician Training Course on Mass Casualty and Disaster Management" in Mainz, Germany. This course, the first of its kind in the world, has been offered at Mainz (1997, 1999, 2000) Copenhagen (2001), and Athens (2002), with an international cadre of recognized faculty.

  • Special Equipment and Techniques for Trauma - The main function of this group is to serve as an educational forum to further the practice of traumatology in regard to new equipment and techniques and to examine and develop new uses of currently available equipment and techniques in areas such as airway management, fluid resuscitation, vascular access, invasive and non-invasive monitoring, temperature homeostasis, and the selection and use of various pharmaceutical agents. The Special Equipment/Techniques Committee is also involved in research concerning new devices and techniques for use in trauma management and has been responsible for the publication of a number of technical monographs.

  • Developing Nations Program - Operating through the structure provided by the network of ITACCS National Chapters, the DNP is a bold initiative at the core of the exciting transition currently underway for ITACCS. As we build on the high standards already achieved, to become a more functional organization able to translate scientific and educational ideology, the DNP provides a framework to facilitate transfer of information and technology between the respective "partner nation" and the international network that now exists.

  • Prehospital and EMS - The initial phase of treatment, between injury and admission to the hospital, offers perhaps the biggest opportunity to improve the outcome of trauma victims. A group of traumatologists and EMS providers continues to search for improvements in prehospital care and transport and concentrates on expanding this specialty and area of activity within anesthesiology. Committee tasks include standardizing prehospital terminology and research methodology as well as publishing a textbook of prehospital trauma care for physicians in the field.

  • Military Intensive Care and Trauma Anesthesia Consortium (MICTAC) - The military is often faced with the unique situation of providing anesthesiology, resuscitating and emergency medicine in austere, far-forward, and hostile environments. The development of the military intensivist, anesthesiologist, and emerging medicine specialist as an expert in austere situations is important. The evaluation of unique theaters of operations, equipment, and provider roles in these unusual situations, with dissemination of that information to worldwide military and civilian providers, is also critical. The MICTAC will promote useful techniques, equipment, and information accumulated from various conflicts, research, and missions and allow an open forum for assessment of the utility of the data.

  • Biotechnology Subcommittee - The rapid proliferation of numerous technologies that previously were unavailable for general use in medical patients has allowed rapid response and improved care in numerous situations. Most of the technology today has been developed to help rapid diagnosis and, more importantly, early assessment of the critically ill patient. New technology recently has become focused on the advent of non-invasive monitors in the care and management of the critically injured patient, either in the field or in the transport situation. In evaluating the recent Harvard Business Review's assessment of medical practices, the growth areas in health care remain critical care medicine, emergency medicine, and transport medicine. An active, aggressive program seeking out new technologies, revising new technologies, and becoming involved with the research associated with new technologies, will allow ITACCS the opportunity to stay at the forefront of critical care and trauma medicine.
Board of Directors

Christopher Grande, MD

Vice Presidents:
Pedro Barbieri, MD
Walter Mauritz, MD, PhD
Maureen McCunn, MD
Keiichi Tanaka, MD, PhD

Executive Director:
Christopher M. Grande, MD, MPH

General Members:
Jeffrey M. Berman, MD
Pierre A. Carli, MD
Yves Lambert, MD
Freddy Lippert, MD
Jerry P. Nolan, MB, BS FRCA
Eldar Soreide, MD
Eran Tal-Or, MD MHA
Keiichi Tanaka, MD, PhD

Past Presidents:
Enrico M. Camporesi, MD
Elizabeth A. M. Frost, MD
Peter J. F. Baskett, MB, BCh, FRCA, MRCP
Adolph H. Giesecke, MD
John K. Stene, MD, PhD

Committee Chairpersons

Education and Training:
Christopher M. Grande, MD, MPH

Journal: TraumaCare
John K. Stene, MD, PhD (Editor)

Disaster/Mass Casualty:
Eran Tal-or M.D

International Chief Emergency Physicians’ Course:
Eran Tal-or M.D

Pediatric Trauma:
Jeffrey M. Berman, MD

Charles Deakin, MD

Critical Care:
Maureen McCunn, MD

Special Equipment/Techniques;
Charles E. Smith, MD, FRCPC

Finance of Trauma Care;
Anne J. Sutcliffe, MB, BCh, FRCA

Pain Management/Regional Anesthesia:
Andrew D. Rosenberg, MD

Toxic Trauma/HAZMAT:
David J. Baker, MPhil, DM, FRCA

Military Trauma:
Matthias Helm, MD

Trauma Surgery:
Lewis J. Kaplan, MD, FACS

Emergency Medicine:
Joanne Williams, MD

Charles R. Barton, CRNA, MSN, MEd

Respiratory Therapist
Rusty Reid, RRT

Operational Projects

Trauma and Resuscitation International Group for Experimentation and Research (TRIGER):
Steering Committee
Christopher M. Grande, MD, MPH
Lewis J. Kaplan, MD
Charles E. Smith, MD

Developing Nations Program (DNP):
Christopher M. Grande, MD, MPH

Trauma Care Guidelines:
Anne J. Sutcliffe, MB ChB, FRCA
Maureen McCunn, MD

Comprehensive Approach to Traumatology (CAT):

Trauma/EMS Terminology:

Journal: TraumaCare
E. Ann Donaldson, ELS, Managing Editor
Linda J. Kesselring, MS, ELS, Editorial Consultant

Refresher Courses/Workshops:
Paul Hilliard, CRNA, Manager

Special AD HOC Advisors

Bruce F. Cullen, MD
Robert L. Fila, Esq.
Ake N. A. Grenvik, MD, PhD
Douglas G. Hicks, CPA
Irene H. Impellizzeri, PhD
John D. Lupiano, MD, MPH

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