Department of Critical Care Medicine

a sketch of the backpack in stretcher mode, with a person/dummy lying on it

Trauma Care in a Rucksack

A multidisciplinary team led by Ron Poropatich is working on a specialized medical backpack for the U.S. Army that could help injured patients in the field survive until they reach a fully staffed hospital.

Research on Blood Clots Could Lead to Better Bleeding Control on the Battlefield and Beyond

Platelets — the body’s internal Band-Aids — are sometimes too effective at stopping bleeding, causing potentially dangerous clots. Matthew D. Neal, assistant professor of surgery and critical care medicine, and others are searching for ways to regulate clotting to help trauma victims.
Night Shift video game character headshot on blue background

Video Game for Emergency Doctors Battles for Top Prize in Bracket-style Innovation Contest

As reigning champions of STAT Madness — a bracket-style, national innovation contest — Pitt and UPMC hope this year’s entry, the emergency doctor video game Night Shift, can hold the crown.