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Editor's e-Note
Although the Society of Interventional Radiology has canceled this year’s annual meeting, there will no doubt be news on the latest IR advances coming soon. This month’s e-News Exclusive provides a couple of the latest updates. Let us know what you think this year’s important developments in IR will be on Twitter and/or Facebook.

On another note, all of us at Radiology Today wish you strength, patience, and most of all, good health, as you navigate the significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Dave Yeager, editor
e-News Exclusive
SIR Issues Position Statement on Endovascular Interventions in Trauma Care

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) has published a position statement outlining the parameters trauma centers need to meet when using endovascular interventions to treat cases of traumatic injury. The position statement, recently published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, was written by a multidisciplinary group of experts composed of members from IR, trauma surgery, orthopedic surgery, and vascular surgery.

“Endovascular intervention plays a critical role in the care of the trauma patient, improving survival, reducing morbidity, and decreasing blood loss,” says SIR president Laura Findeiss, MD, FSIR. “When delivered promptly, it is highly effective in treating bleeds throughout the body, including in the liver, spleen, kidneys, and pelvis—saving lives and saving function.”

While traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for people younger than 45, the mortality rates have dropped due to better integration of multidisciplinary care, faster access to advanced imaging and interventions, and use of nonoperative management in specific scenarios.

“This position statement sets out important recommendations to ensure that the appropriate level of knowledge and expertise are available among all members of the trauma team to ensure that the right care is delivered as swiftly as possible,” Findeiss says.

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