Dying from injury before you reach hospital: What lessons can be learned? Event as iCalendar

25 May 2017

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Room 733.231

Location: Tamaki Campus

Host: Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Lunchtime Seminar Series at Tamaki Campus

Dying from injury before you reach hospital: What lessons can be learned?

Hosted by the Section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the School of Population Health 

Join us for this informative presentation by Bridget Kool, Senior Lecturer Epidemiology and Biostatistics. 

Injury related deaths, the majority of which occur prehospital, exact a substantial social and economic cost globally. The severity of potentially fatal injuries may be reduced and therefore their likelihood of survival increased with a prehospital trauma care system that has been optimally structured to provide timely and appropriate care.

Previous New Zealand research estimated that 45% of injury deaths in the Otago and Southland regions of the country were survivable or potentially. As a critical first step to improving survival from serious injuries nationally, we are using epidemiological and geospatial methods that build on the work of Branas et al. in the US to explore the issue. This presentation will focus on the methods being used and discuss some of the challenges being faced.

Speaker: Dr Bridget Kool is a senior lecturer in the section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Auckland’s School of Population Health.  She was a paediatric surgical nurse for 25 years and has since completed a MPH and PhD. Her current research interests focus on injury-related topics including:  falls in young and working aged adults, traumatic brain injury, the role of alcohol in injury, trauma outcomes, and child maltreatment.

She is the New Zealand President for the Australasian Epidemiological Association. She is an invited member of the Statistics NZ Working Group for Serious Injury Information, and the Major Trauma Clinical Network of NZ. She is an editor for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, and an associate editor for Injury