The National Institutes of
Health’s National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI) has directed $80 million
dollars to this initiative. PETAL stands for Prevention and Early
Treatment of Acute Lung Injury. This is a national network and through a
competitive grant process, twelve primary academic institutions were
selected. Wake Forest has been selected as one of the 12 primary
institutions. Each of the primary institutions coordinates 2-4 other
sites to enroll patients into studies over the seven years of the award.
Wake Forest co-sites include Moses Cone, University of Virginia and Virginia
This network has as its focus,
the treatment of those individuals who may be at risk to develop significant
lung dysfunction. Experts from Emergency Medicine, Surgery and Medicine
are involved nationally. At Wake Forest, the investigators include Chad
Miller (Emergency Medicine), Jason Hoth (Trauma-Acute General Surgery), and Clark
Files (Pulmonary-Critical Care).