October 22, 2014

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L’burg council hears about Tri-State brain injury treatment study
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 4:47 PM

As part of efforts to inform the Tri-State about a study University of Cincinnati Department of Surgery is participating, trauma surgeon Dr. Bryce Robinson gave a short explanation at Lawrenceburg City Council’s Monday, June 23, meeting.

Robinson said because of the study’s nature into a drug that could be used to treat traumatic brain injuries the number of patients needed is relatively high, about 250. TBIs of the type needed for the study are transferred to UC via helicopter, and that is why he is attending meetings outside of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Robinson said he’s also visitng Clermont County and locations in Northern Kentucky that all send a number of people with traumatic brain injuries to UC via helicoper.

The blind study will have delayed consent, since most patients suitable for the study are not in any condition to give consent at the time the drug is administered, said Robinson in response to a question from city attorney Leslie Votaw about obtaining patient consent.

Delayed consent means once a person is well enough the hospital asks for the person’s consent to take part in the trial. If the person does not want to be part of the study, any information about him or her is removed.