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Establishment of Interdisciplinary Working Group for Review of Kinetic Energy Impact Injuries

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2005, $190,246)

These funds to Wayne State University are for developing a formalized review process to analyze injury data from the use of LL impact devices. Additionally, the reviews will analyze injuries of backface deformation the deformation of the backing material which can cause nonpenetrating injuries and is a measure of blunt trauma protection of internal organs to wearers of bulletproof vests.


The objective of this project is to utilize a multidisciplinary approach to review injuries from less-lethal technologies and those sustained by police officers while wearing body armor. Existing databases will be utilized to identify case studies and a review panel will be established to review the events. Members of this team will include engineers, trauma physicians, police, corrections personnel, epidemiologists, and legal personnel. The goal of this effort is to remove traditional roadblocks (organizational, discipline, etc.) in order to conduct a thorough review of injuries resulting from the deployment of less lethal munitions and impacts to police officers protected with standard body armor.


Date Created: September 6, 2005