Will a Study Save Victims of Violence or Gamble with Their Lives?

October 25, 2016

(Kaiser Health News) – On a recent Saturday morning, Maher stood before a dozen members of a North Philadelphia neighborhood association to walk them through the specifics of the Philadelphia Immediate Transport in Penetrating Trauma Trial. At the heart of the study is a simple but counterintuitive idea. For patients who are potentially bleeding to death, Maher and her colleagues say, basic, stabilizing care is better than more advanced care until they reach the hospital. To test this, patients in the study would get different medical attention based on the dispatch number city paramedics receive — what’s called a randomized study.