The THOR Network’s first RDCR symposium in 2011 was a one-day conference focusing on pre-hospital use of fresh whole blood with the objective of bringing together investigators who were interested in analyzing the efficacy and safety of FWB for patients with severe traumatic hemorrhagic shock and to determine the initial steps in developing a research program in this area. A report from this inaugural symposium titled, “Symposium on Fresh Whole Blood for Severe Hemorrhagic Shock: From in-hospital to far forward resuscitations” was published in the journal Transfusion and Apheresis Science in 2012.
In 2012 the RDCR symposium expanded to 3 days, but the focus remained on pre-hospital management of life threatening hemorrhage, specifically, research improving the monitoring and treatment of hemorrhagic shock from trauma. A 120 page supplement summarizing 21 presentations from the 2012 RDCR Symposium was published in the Feb 2013 edition of Trauma.
The 2013 symposium focused on training methods to improve implementation of RDCR principles, to present current research in RDCR, and to provide practical information from international leaders in trauma resuscitation on their approach to RDCR. A supplement to SHOCK is currently in press with an anticipated publish date of early 2014.
The goal of the 2014 RDCR Symposium was to focus on training methods to improve implementation of RDCR principles, to present current research in RDCR, and to provide practical information from international leaders in trauma resuscitation on their approach to RDCR.
Conference Organizers and Sponsors
The Symposium is organized by THOR in conjunction with the Norwegian Naval Operation Commando and is sponsored by the Norwegian Naval Special Operation Commando, the Royal Norwegian Navy Medical Services, the Norwegian Armed Forces Medical Services and selected industry.