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OrthoJOE Podcast: Advancing Trauma Care for Injured Military Personnel and Beyond through METRC

OrthoBuzz readers who’d like to learn more about the Major Extremity Trauma and Rehabilitation Consortium (METRC) are encouraged to check out the recent episode of the OrthoJOE podcast on the consortium’s innovative research work.  

Podcast hosts Drs. Mo Bhandari and Marc Swiontkowski are joined by Dr. Matt Schmitz (JBJS Deputy Editor for Social Media; San Antonio Military Medical Center; Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Brooke Army Medical Center) and Dr. Patrick Osborn (Brooke Army Medical Center; Baptist Health System).  

The Work of METRC 

METRC is a large network of health-care facilities conducting multicenter clinical research studies relevant to the treatment, rehabilitation, and outcomes of patients who have sustained traumatic injuries in the military. Clinical evidence from these studies is being applied to improve the lives of injured service members.  

In addition, insights gained through this collaborative network are helping to shape the treatment of traumatic injuries more broadly in civilian populations. 

OrthoJOE Conversation 

On OrthoJOE, the discussion dives into some of the specific areas investigated by METRC, evolving priorities, and lessons from METRC studies that are impacting orthopaedic practice.  

Access the OrthoJOE episode: “Major Extremity Trauma and Rehabilitation Consortium (METRC) and War Injury Research”.  You can also use the link to find other OrthoJOE episodes and subscribe to the OrthoJOE podcast. 

For Further Reading 

A wide body of METRC studies have been published to date. Recent work in JBJS includes the following*: 

Effect of Supplemental Perioperative Oxygen on SSI Among Adults with Lower-Extremity Fractures at Increased Risk for Infection: A Randomized Clinical Trial 

Modern External Ring Fixation Versus Internal Fixation for Treatment of Severe Open Tibial Fractures: A Randomized Clinical Trial (FIXIT Study)  

Outcomes Following Severe Distal Tibial, Ankle, and/or Mid/Hindfoot Trauma: Comparison of Limb Salvage and Transtibial Amputation (OUTLET) 

The 12-Month Effects of the Trauma Collaborative Care Intervention: A Nonrandomized Controlled Trial 

*Dr. Swiontkowski chairs the Data Safety Monitoring Board for METRC but was not involved in the conduct of these studies or in the initial peer-review process for these manuscripts. 

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