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The benefits & ethics of an emergency medicine clinical trial

This interview originally aired on In the Moment on SDPB Radio.

Medical advances are often made through clinical trials. After a diagnosis, patients can consent to join an available trial and explore new ways to treat their illness. This is standard for specialties like heart, cancer and orthopedics.

But how can advances be made in a specialty like emergency medicine and trauma? Those patients need care immediately and usually can't have a conversation about informed consent and potential clinical trials.

Sanford Health is seeking community input about a trauma clinical study. This study would evaluate whether a certain medication can help keep patients from bleeding out after a traumatic injury.

Paul Bjordahl, M.D., joins to discuss the TAP trial and its benefits and ethics.

Lori Walsh is the host and senior producer of In the Moment.
Ellen Koester is a producer of In the Moment, SDPB's daily news and culture broadcast.