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Nova Scotia Health

Trauma Program



Heal Nova Scotia Trauma Research Program

A multidisciplinary group of individuals from the Nova Scotia Health, IWK Health Centre, and Dalhousie University have partnered with the NS Department of Health & Wellness and other universities across the province to establish Heal Nova Scotia (Heal-NS), a trauma research program devoted to bringing together researchers to investigate topics related to gun violence with the common goal of helping Nova Scotians find answers and healing in the aftermath of the Portapique mass shooting. (MORE INFO)

Trauma News

Story of Survival

Curtis Coley is a living miracle. He's a son who the province's medical trauma director says had less than one percent chance of surviving horrific injuries sustained in a car crash. He's a young man who died three times and was brought back through heroic medical treatment. (FULL STORY)


Geriatric Trauma in NS

Dr. Sean Hurley (Resident Physician, QEII HSC) presented a talk titled "Geriatric Trauma in Nova Scotia: A Booming Problem" at Inter-Professional Clinical Trauma Rounds on November 30 2021. The webinar is available online. (WATCH


Upcoming Webinar:  Jan 25 2022 1200-1300

Presenter: Dr. Nick Sowers

Topic: Traumatic Cardiac Arrest (MORE INFO)

Top 10 for ATLS

Presenting the NSH Trauma Program's Top 10 things that trauma care professionals need to know, based on the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) program (10th Edition) developed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. 

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Forensic Blood Collection in Nova Scotia

The rationale and process for forensic blood collection in the province of Nova Scotia. Featuring: Dr. Rob Green, Dr. John Ross, Dr. Heather Flemming, and Cst. John McLeod of the Halifax Regional Police. Watch the full video here.

Trauma Procedure Video Series

This video series was produced to serve as a resource to support all members of our trauma teams across Nova Scotia. This series uses clinical grade cadavers to demonstrate common procedures required for the management of critically ill trauma patients. (MORE)

Allan Spanier Award Winner

Congratulations to Olga Bednarek, 3rd year General Surgery resident at Dalhousie University, for winning the Allan Spanier Award for "Best Education Study" at the 2020 Critical Care Canada Forum for her study on "Perceptions of the Multidisciplinary Health Care Team on In-Situ Simulation". 


Healthcare in the Maritimes During COVID-19

Dr. Rob Green, Provincial Medical Director of the NSH Trauma Program, speaks with the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation about healthcare and research in the Maritimes during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Reducing the Impact of Trauma

Thousands of Nova Scotians experience traumatic injuries every year, from falls and motor vehicle collisions, to stabbings and gunshot wounds. The dedicated team at the NSH Trauma Program works hard to continuously improve and ensure consistencies in the quality of care people receive throughout the province. (FULL STORY)