New centre to bring military techniques to NHS20th January 2011
A new research centre has opened in Birmingham which will enable medical techniques employed on the battlefield to be used on NHS patients.
The National Institute of Health Research will see military and civilian surgeons and scientists to share expertise and research in a way that could increase survival chances of both military personnel and civilians.
It is based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where personnel injured in Afghanistan are treated.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, director general of research and development at the Department of Health, said: "It is the first time anyone in the world has put together the NHS, the general care system, with the military and a really first-class university in the interests of improving outcomes for trauma patients.”
The centre will focus on resuscitation techniques, surgical care after severe injury and fighting wound infections.
“This unit will actually be a centre that can really contribute to looking after casualties, be they from terrorism, road traffic accidents or military trauma,” said Dame Sally.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “The new NIHR centre will fund world-leading research to help people recover better and faster from severe injuries.”
Julie Moore, chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, also welcomed the centre which will receive £20m funding from the Department of Health, the Ministry of Defence, University Hospitals Birmingham and the University of Birmingham.
Surgeon general, Surgeon Vice Admiral Philip Raffaelli, said focusing on treating military patients in the first vital minutes after injury had led to survival rates increasing considerably.
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Title: New centre to bring military techniques to NHS
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 17288
Date Added: 20th Jan 2011