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Mike Kleinberger
02-06-1995, 07:19 AM
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is planning to
sponsor an international conference on Pelvic and Lower Extremity Injuries
(PLEI). I am sending this message for a colleague to help him with the
preliminary planning of this conference. First of all, we would like to find
out whether the proposed dates conflict with any other important conferences
or meetings. Also, we are trying to put together a list of invited speakers for
this conference who are recognized experts in PLEI. If you would like to
suggest someone as a potential speaker, please e-mail your nominations to
nkhaewpong@nhtsa.dot.gov and include their name, affiliation, and area of
expertise. A summary of the current conference details is given below,
including dates, location, and topics of interest. If you have any comments or
suggestions concerning the planned agenda, please contact Nopporn Khaewpong
at the address given above.

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ADVANCED NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
PELVIC AND LOWER EXTREMITY INJURIES


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is planning to
sponsor an international conference on Pelvic and Lower Extremity Injuries
(PLEI). There is increasing evidence that PLEI, while not necessarily life
threatening, contribute significantly to the cost and morbidity associated with
traumatic injuries. The objective of this conference is to bring together
professionals involved in research, policy, prevention, and treatment of PLEI,
from both within the government and the private sector, to exchange information
and ideas. The conference will provide an opportunity to take stock of ongoing
work and to identify gaps where new research or programs are needed.

This conference is still in the early stages of organization, so details are not
yet available. The conference will most likely be held on December 4-5, 1995
but may get moved back to April 1996. The conference will take place in the
Washingon, DC area. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY OTHER
MAJOR CONFERENCES OR MEETINGS DURING THESE MONTHS THAT
MIGHT CAUSE A CONFLICT.

While the focus will be on PLEI in motor vehicle crashes, the conference will
also provide an opportunity to assimilate some of the experience and lessons
from non-automobile related injuries. The following sessions are currently
being planned for this conference: the socio-economic and epidemiologic
aspects of PLEI, medical aspects of PLEI, PLEI in motor vehicle crashes, and
mathematical modeling of PLEI.

Suggested topics for papers in each of these sessions are given below.

Session I: Socio-economic and Epidemiologic Aspects of PLEI
- Patterns of PLEI, frequency of these injuries, changes in number and
nature of PLEI over time.
- Adequacy of AIS scale for measuring PLEI severity.
- Cost issue, both direct and indirect cost of treatment; hospital and
rehabilitation costs; approaches to more cost-effective treatment;
estimate of loss of employment both temporary and permanent as a
consequence of PLEI.
- Epidemiology of PLEI; relationship of various patient characteristics to
the incidence and severity of PLEI.
- Advances in prosthetics; cost and effectiveness.
- Implication of increasing PLEI for government funding of medical care.
- etc.

Session II: Medical Aspects of PLEI
- Injury mechanisms of PLEI; the medical perspective.
- Differences in nature and severity of PLEI depending on the origin of the
injury (e.g. sports, industrial accidents, automobile crashes, etc.).
- Effectiveness of various treatment approaches.
- Advances in salvaging techniques.
- PLEI and occult injuries.
- Treatment of PLEI in patients with multiple-system injuries.
- etc.

Session III: PLEI in Motor Vehicle Crashes
- Injury mechanisms in real-world crashes; frontal vs side impact,
intrusion vs non-intrusion, belted vs non-belted.
- Injury patterns with different restraint systems, separately or in
combination.
- Experimental work on key injury modes; component, sled and full-vehicle
tests.
- Experimental work related to pedestrian, cyclist, and motorcyclist
injuries.
- Work in the area of dummy leg and pelvis development.
- Current and potential future automobile design modifications to reduce
the frequency and severity of PLEI.
- etc.

Session IV: Mathematical Modeling of PLEI
- Finite element modeling of the pelvis, leg, and foot.
- Injury simulation of hip, knee, and ankle.
- Occupant kinematics using lumped mass analysis.
- Linking lumped mass and finite element modeling techniques.
- Using modeling to develop lower extremity injury criteria.
- etc.

These topics are only suggestions. Any papers related to PLEI will be
considered. THIS IS NOT A CALL FOR PAPERS. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT
ANY PAPERS AT THIS TIME.