The main focus of ITSDP
is the enhancement and development of international systems for the
prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of trauma. Our ultimate goal is the
provision of total care to injured persons in developing nations through
the creation of flexible trauma systems based on existing resources and
variable injury patterns.
ITSDP primarily operates
through collaborative projects with local health ministries and existing
medical and public health institutions. We promote the development of
infrastructure supporting various interdependent stages of the trauma
system - from injury prevention to critical care management.
ITSDP is the
international component of the VCU Division of Trauma & Critical Care. It
is a joint effort between the Division’s Injury Prevention Program, the
Center for Trauma and Critical Care Education, and the Computing Support &
Information Services (CSIS) of the VCU Department of Surgery.
ITSDP is also a component
of the Virginia Commonwealth University Reanimation Engineering Shock
Center (VCURES). VCURES is a multidisciplinary center of excellence
involving 8 colleges, 30 departments, and more than 50 investigators. It
is a collaborative effort among clinicians, basic scientists, and
engineers of diverse backgrounds at VCU's medical and academic campuses to
improve the survival from the disease state called shock. This includes
prevention, pathophysiologic basis, diagnosis, and treatment.