Multiple Organ Failure - The Second Hit
Friday, 8 August 2014
Professor Zsolt Balogh's trauma research was featured on the ABC's Catalyst program last night.
Professor Zsolt Balogh holds the Chair of Traumatology in the School of Medicine and Public Health, and leads the Traumatology Research Group at the University of Newcastle. He is also the Director of Trauma Surgery at the John Hunter Hospital and Hunter New England Local Health District.
As a teacher, Professor Balogh supervises the Traumatology PhD program at The University of Newcastle and clinical and research fellowship programs at the John Hunter Hospital.
As a researcher, Professor Balogh covers many areas of trauma care such as orthopaedic trauma, torso trauma and post-injury critical care. He collaborates with academic trauma centres and universities in Europe, the United States and Australia. A key research area his team is looking at is the body's inflammatory response to injury. The researchers have found four independent predictors of multiple organ failure. One is the severity of injury, the second is the severity of blood loss, third is the patient's genetics, and fourth is the so-called second hit.
This 'second hit' refers to the management of a patient's injuries and condition after they arrive at hospital, and particularly after surgery. Professor Zsolt's research on multiple organ failure as a result of the 'second hit' was aired on the ABC's Catalyst program on Thursday 7 August, 2014.
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