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Baltimore's Shock Trauma Center prepares for new clinical trial

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Baltimore's Shock Trauma Center sees thousands of patients a year, many of whom are in dire straits.

Researchers are preparing for a clinical trial they believe will save lives. However, it does not come without some controversy.

The trial will focus on patients who have penetrating trauma, such as gunshot or stab wounds that have bled extensively, causing hearts to stop beating. Those patients' bodies will be cooled down to 50 degrees, in order to buy surgeons time to pinpoint the problem area and stop the bleeding. Once that is complete, the patient will be resuscitated.

However, there is a challenge. Because patients are incapacitated, they cannot give consent to take part in the trial.

Therefore, researchers are conducting community consultations. These consultations will give community members an opportunity to comment and have their concerns addressed, before the trial moves forward.

"One of the biggest problems with a trial like this is that we can't get consent from patients," said Dr. Sam Tisherman, Principal Investigator Multicenter Trial. "Patients are in cardiac arrest. The family's not around, Even if they are around, we have seconds to minutes to make a decision to do this, so there's no waiting for consent."

After the consulting process is complete, the University of Maryland's Institutional Review Board will decide if regulatory approval is granted. The trials could begin as early as January.

Those who wish to opt out of the trial can obtain a bracelet that will be identified at the hospital.

To learn more about the clinical trial and how to participate in community meetings visit eprstudy.com.

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