Issue 32
January-February 2002

2,270 patients randomised
Launching the new look!
'.... probably the best trial website in the world ....' (anonymous)

Please take a moment to look at the CRASH Trial website. The trial protocol, standard PowerPoint slide presentation and Frequently Asked Questions, are now available in:
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
The trial protocol and/or summary is also available in Czech and Romanian, Dutch and Italian. Other new features are 'guidance for CT scan completion' on the Early Outcome Form and an updated list of collaborating hospitals. We continue to have our usual links to the MRC and articles of interest in the BMJ, previous trial newsletters and more. If you would like any of the information displayed on the CRASH website in paper copy please email and we will be happy to send this to you.
Collecting data
Are you responsible for Early Outcome Form completion in your hospital?
Do you have any ideas of how to make the form even more simple and easy to complete?
I am in the process of evaluating the design of the Early Outcome Form and would like to hear your suggestions on how to achieve a good rate of accuracy and completeness of data. Please email me with any ideas -

UK doctors and nurses
Please remember to schedule a CRASH trial teaching session into your new SHO induction programme. If you need more teaching materials please contact the Co-ordinating Centre in London.

to the following new centres with ethics approval, who are now ready to start randomising patients:
  • Ernesto Piferrer Ruiz in Hospital Clínico Quirúrgico Docente “Saturnino Lora”, Cuba
  • Maria Victoria de la Torre Prados in Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Victoria, Spain
  • George Nakos in University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece
  • Keith Hickling in Gold Coast Hospital, Australia
  • Luiz Nasi in Hospital de Pronto Socorro de Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Ivan Schwendt in NsP Poprad, Slovakia
  • Charlotte Sadowski in University Hospital Bern, Switzerland

Warmest welcome to all and a special welcome to 'new countries' Australia and Brazil who will bring the country total up to 28.

Congratulations also to Olive Kobusingye and team in Makerere Medical School, Uganda, for randomising their first patient and to Karina Surt and team in Hospital Escuela, Argentina, for enrolling 10 patients into the trial.

We extend our special thanks and congratulations to Miguel Arango and team in Clinica las Americas, Colombia, and Jafri Abdullah and team in Hospital University Science Malaysia for enrolling 50 patients into the trial.

Extra special congratulations to Bennie Hartzenberg and team in Tygerberg Academic Hospital, South Africa, for enrolling their 100th patient.

Above all, the unbeatable team of Petr Svoboda and Jiri Ochmann in Research Institute for Special Surgery and Trauma in the Czech Republic have now recruited
300 patients
- a fantastic achievement and an outstanding contribution to the success of the CRASH Trial. Many, many congratulations!

Nin Ritchie, MRC CRASH Trial Manager

CRASH Co-ordinating Centre, LSHTM. 49-51 Bedford Square, LONDON WC1B 3DP

Tel +44(0)20 7299 4684 Fax +44(0)20 7299 4663 email CRASH@LSHTM.AC.UK

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