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SIR issues position statement to guide use of life-saving endovascular interventions in trauma care

New position statement outlines parameters for trauma centers to meet when using endovascular interventions to treat cases of traumatic injury

FAIRFAX, VA (March 2, 2020)—The Society of Interventional Radiology has published a position statement outlining the parameters trauma centers need to meet when using endovascular interventions to treat cases of traumatic injury.

The position statement, published in the March issue of SIR’s Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, was written by a multidisciplinary group of experts composed of members from interventional radiology, trauma surgery, orthopaedic surgery and vascular surgery.

“Endovascular intervention plays a critical role in the care of the trauma patient, improving survival, reducing morbidity and decreasing blood loss,” said SIR President Laura Findeiss, MD, FSIR. “When delivered promptly, it is highly effective in treating bleeds throughout the body, including in the liver, spleen, kidneys and pelvis—saving lives and saving function.”

While traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for people younger than 45, the mortality rates have dropped due to better integration of multidisciplinary care, faster access to advanced imaging and interventions, and use of non-operative management in specific scenarios.

“This position statement sets out important recommendations to ensure that the appropriate level of knowledge and expertise are available among all members of the trauma team to ensure that the right care is delivered as swiftly as possible,” Findeiss said.

Among the recommendations offered in the position statement:

  • Immediate 24-hour access to an interventional angiography facility
  • A multidisciplinary team that includes specialists who can perform larger and small vessel endovascular interventions
  • The ability for an interventional team to be ready to intervene within 60 minutes from the time a multidisciplinary team decides to proceed with an endovascular intervention
  • The development and adherence to evidence-based treatment algorithms for each trauma scenario for both adults and children

Read the full position statement and recommendations on jvir.org.

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Elise Castelli
SIR Director, Communications and Public Relations
Phone: (703) 460-5572 
Email: ecastelli@sirweb.org

About the Society of Interventional Radiology

The Society of Interventional Radiology is a nonprofit, professional medical society representing more than 8,000 practicing interventional radiology physicians, trainees, students, scientists and clinical associates, dedicated to improving patient care through the limitless potential of image-guided therapies. SIR’s members work in a variety of settings and at different professional levels—from medical students and residents to university faculty and private practice physicians.