RAPID (Regional Anaesthesia for Painful Injuries after Disasters)
Grant awarded: £122,650
Lead organisation: Epicentre/Medecins Sans Frontières, France/USA
Partnering organisations: Brown University, others to be determined
Project length: 2014-2016
Study locations: To be determined
Principal Investigator: Carrie Teicher, Epicentre
This aim of this study is provide an evidence-base for the introduction of a novel, cost-effective and locally appropriate method for pain control. It will investigate whether local medical providers can be trained to perform regional anaesthesia safely and effectively, and determine whether it can reduce suffering from lower limb injuries, the most common earthquake-related injury.
If proven to be both safe in the hands of local providers without advanced specialty training and effective at managing pain, regional anaesthesia has the potential to completely transform injury care in the aftermath of disasters. Not only could this reduce pain and suffering of those injured in earthquakes, but could also aid in the provision of definitive treatment for the injuries sustained.