Issue 33
March - April 2002

2,472 patients randomised
CRASH pilot phase report to be published in Emergency Medical Journal
The Emergency Medicine Journal, a leading international journal of developments and advances in emergency medicine, has accepted for publication a paper about the 1,000 patients that were recruited in the pilot phase of the CRASH trial. The report is co-authored by all of the trial collaborators who participated in the pilot phase. Although the pilot phase results by treatment allocation had to remain confidential, the report showed the high quality of data collection and the excellent six-month follow-up that has been achieved in the CRASH trial. The two peer reviewers' comments were very positive. One in particular: "this report clearly demonstrates the feasibility of the MRC CRASH trial." Congratulations to all of you who took part in the pilot phase and keep up the good work on recruitment, data collection and follow-up.

for obtaining ethics approval

for enrolling first patient

Special Achievement

Maite Misis, Hospital Universitario Germans Trias, Spain

Javier Romero Pellejero and Maria Luisa Gascon, Hospital General Yagüe, Spain

Andre Gentil, University of São Paulo Medical School, Brazil

Angel Lacerda, Moron General Hospital, Cuba

Augustin Arocha García, Hospital Universitario 'Arnaldo Milian Castro', Cuba

Abdelazeem Eldawlatly, King Khalid University Hospital, Saudi Arabia

Josef Firment, FNsP Kosice, Slovakia

Stano Maros, Nemocnica Bojnice, Slovakia
randomised their first patient within days of receiving materials

Ivan Chytra, Charles University
Hospital Plzen, Czech Republic
randomised their first patient within days of receiving materials

Zouheir Jerbi, Hospital Habib Thameur, Tunisia
randomised their first patient within days of receiving materials

Surakrant Yutthakasemsunt, Khon Kaen Regional Hospital, Thailand

Nahit Çakar, Istanbul Medical Faculty, Turkey

Ivan Schwendt, NsP Poprad, Slovakia

Luiz Nasi, Hospital de Pronto Socorro de Porto Alegre, Brazil
- used up the first box of eight patient packs within days

Irene Pastrana, Abel Santamaria Cuadrado, Cuba

Juan Nava and Manuel Alvarez, Hospital Mútua de Terrassa, Spain

10 patients

Olive Kobusingye and team
Makerere Medical School


50 patients

Hussein Khamis and team
Mataria Teaching Hospital


Special Achievement
100 patients

Bogdan Oprita,
Laura Balica and team
Spitalul Clinic de Urgenta Bucuresti, Romania


Véronique Laloë, Médecins Sans Frontières, Batticaloa Hospital, Sri Lanka; Simon Jesuthasan, Médecins Sans Frontières, Batticaloa; CTSU randomisation service team, Oxford, for winning prizes in the CRASHmas Christmas Quiz

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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