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Crime victims

Crime Victims Lobby for More Trauma Care, Resources

Crime survivors from around Illinois advocated at the Capitol Thursday for more initiatives; they say will make communities safer and help victims. One focus is on more trauma recovery centers in the state. Currently, there are two in Illinois: one in Chicago, and a pilot program in Peoria. Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Cook County State’s…

Disability

VA Process For Determining TBI In Veterans Seeking Disability

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) should expand the requirement in its disability compensation process regarding who can diagnose traumatic brain injury (TBI) to include any health care professional with pertinent and ongoing brain injury training and experience; which says a new congressionally mandate report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.…

Non-ICU Hospital

Chlorhexidine Not Reduce MDR Organisms In Non-ICU Hospital Areas

Chlorhexidine bathing is no better than routine bathing for preventing multidrug-resistant organisms and all-cause bloodstream infections in non-critical-care hospital patients, according to results from the ABATE Infection trial. This was a large-scale trial in community hospitals in the HCA Healthcare system,” Dr. Susan S. Huang of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine told…

Trauma Care

New Trauma Care Pathway Reduces Delirium And Likelihood

A standardized interdisciplinary clinical pathway to identify and manage frailty in older patients has reduced the rate of one of the most debilitating complications for older patients delirium and kept patients from returning to the hospital within 30 days of treatment for traumatic injury. The pathway is being adapt for other surgical services as trauma…

Computer Aided Model

New Computer Aided Model May Help Predict Sepsis

Can a computer-aided model predict life-threatening sepsis? A model developed in the UK that uses routinely collect data to identify early symptoms of sepsis, publish in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), shows promise. Sepsis is a major cause of death in hospitals, and early detection is key to preventing deaths. Every hour of delay is link…

Crash Injuries

Laws Banning Driver Texting Tied To Drop In ER Visits For Crash Injuries

States where it’s illegal to text while driving may have safer roads, according to a U.S. study that tracked declines in crash injuries related emergency room visits after these laws took effect. On average, states saw 1,632 fewer traffic-related emergency room visits per year after implementing a texting ban, the new study found. Nationwide in…

Traumatic Brain Injury

Majority Patients With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Do Not Follow Up

More than half of patients with mild traumatic brain injury who presented to the ED did not see a health care practitioner in the 3 months following the traumatic brain injury, according to findings recently reported in JAMA Network Open. While patients with moderate to severe TBI are almost always admitted to a hospital or…

Stroke In Childhood

Research Identifies Genomic Risk Associated With Stroke In Childhood

Research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has identified a genomic risk factor associated with stroke in childhood cancer survivors. The findings were announce that today at a press conference as part of the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in Atlanta. This investigation draws on whole genome sequencing and other data gathered longitudinally…

Mimic Diabetic Foot

New 3D-Printed Feet Designed To Mimic Diabetic Foot Wounds

It’s gory, sticky and undoubtedly on the nose, but a blend of icing sugar, chicken stock and flexible resin is proving to be the just the right recipe for creating realistic foot ulcers as part of a world first podiatric training initiative at the University of South Australia. Concoct by UniSA’s Dr Helen Banwell and…

Trauma

Children Develop PTSD When They Overthink Their Trauma

Children are more likely to suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) if they think their reaction to traumatic events is not ‘normal’ according to new research from the University of East Anglia. While most children recover well after a traumatic event; so some go on to develop PTSD that may stay with them for months, years, or…

Stroke

Scientists Identify Common Genetic Variants With Post Stroke Recovery

The study, a meta-analysis of 12 international stroke studies; who was led by research groups at two Swedish universities: Gothenburg and Lund. The study comprise more than 6,000 patients with ischemic stroke; so the most common form of stroke, in which a blood clot causes a lack of oxygen in a region of the brain. Stroke…

Truman and critical care

Algae Could Prevent Limb Amputation

A new algae-based treatment could reduce the need for amputation in people with critical limb ischaemia; according to new research funded by the British Heart Foundation, published today in the journal npj Regenerative Medicine. Researchers at St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College London have made small capsules from brown algae which hold macrophages; a type of white…