Trauma Research Studies

The following studies are conducted by the OrthoIndy Trauma team.

Musculoskeletal Injuries Associated with Moped and Motorized Scooter Accidents 

Comparative Outcomes of Total Elbow Arthroplasty and Hemiarthroplasty 

Quality of Fracture Reduction and its Influence on Functional Results in Patients with Pilon Fractures  

Title: A Prospective Randomized Trial to Assess Fixation Strategies for Severe Open Tibia Fractures: Modern Ring External Fixator or Internal Fixation with Intramedullary Nails (FIXIT) 
Sponsor: METRC / DoD
Investigator: Drs. Crichlow and Reveal
Objective: To compare the outcomes associated with modern ring external fixators versus standard internal fixation techniques in treating “severe” open tibia shaft or metaphyseal fractures with or without a bone defect of any size.

Title: Assessment of Severe Extremity Wound Bioburden at the time of Definitive Wound Closure or Coverage (BIOBURDEN)
Sponsor:  METRC / DoD
Investigator: Drs. Crichlow and Reveal
Objective: Characterize the contemporary extremity wound “bioburden” at the time of definitive wound closure of severe extremity in order to determine the correlation of the identified wound pathogens at the time of wound closure with subsequent deep wound infections, the correlation of PCR results with those obtained from standard hospital microbiology; and the efficacy, if any, of antibiotics used in the care of the wound.

Title: Outcomes Following Severe Distal Tibia, Ankle, and/or Foot Trauma:  Comparison of Limb Salvage vs. Amputation (OUTLET)
Sponsor: METRC / DoD
Investigator: Drs. Crichlow and Reveal
Objective: To compare 18 month functional outcomes and health related quality of life (HRQoL) of patients undergoing salvage versus amputation following severe distal tibia, ankle and/or foot injuries with major soft tissue, bone and/or ankle articular surface loss.

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