Archive for January, 2012

Giffords’ Ordeal Highlights New World of Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Read this fascinating article from the Houston Chronicle today that spotlights Giffords’ remarkable recovery, “the importance of Level 1 trauma centers, the potential of brain trauma therapy, the grueling recovery process, the need for long-term treatment to be more available to most people and the call for more research to take the field out of its infancy.”

Gunshot and Stab Wound Victims Don’t Always Need Surgery

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

A survey of the National Trauma Databank from 2002 to 2008 showed that up to 22 percent of gunshot-wound patients and 34 percent of stab-wound patients were not treated with immediate surgery. Nonsurgical treatment results in shorter hospital stays and fewer complications, and is desirable, provided the treatment facility has emergency surgeons to jump in if a patient’s condition deteriorates.

Read more about this John Hopkins University study by Drs. Adil Haider and Amy Rushing, as reported on NPR.