MCIRCC kicks off Seminar Series with Combat Casualty Care

Earlier this month, MCIRCC welcomed Colonel Todd E. Rasmussen, MD FACS to U-M to give a presentation on the challenges in combat casualty care. Colonel Rasmussen is the director of the US Combat Casualty Care Research Program, which seeks to drive medical innovation through development of knowledge and materiel solutions for the acute and early management of combat-related trauma. His presentation was the first in MCIRCC’s brand new Seminar Series.

Colonel Rasmussen spoke about the challenges of providing care in combat settings, as well as how the changing theaters of conflict have impacted combat casualty care. He spoke about the need for innovations to improve outcomes for warfighters being treated in the field, often hours away from a traditional hospital setting, as well as on en-route care capability. He also expressed the DoD’s eagerness to work with U-M researchers to develop new technologies and treatments for the combat setting.

After the presentation, guests mingled at Innovation Underground. This casual networking event provided the perfect opportunity for members to speak one-on-one with Colonel Rasmussen and his DoD colleagues to discuss problems in critical care and potential collaboration opportunities.