Tag archives for: injuries,

Community Trauma Report cover photo, trauma team working on injured patient

New report shows rise in gunshot wounds in children and motorcycle crashes

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

University Health System released its fifth Community Trauma Report last week, identifying serious injury trends in Bexar County and South Texas based on the thousands of adults and children treated in University Hospital’s level I trauma center and level I pediatric trauma center each year. University Hospital treated 1,932 children and 5,361 adults with serious injuries in 2017. Those numbers have risen steadily over several years, in large part because it serves one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Among all patients, both children and adults, falls were the leading injury cause, followed by car crashes, burns, people …Read More >

Tags: , , , ,
Snowman helping push a hurt Santa with a broken leg in wheelchair

Staying off Santa’s “Injured” list this year

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

It seemed like a pretty good idea at the time, climbing your 12-foot extension ladder to hang the lights along the eaves of the house. Until you landed after free-falling all the way back down. “The holidays are especially tough times for falls from ladders,” said Dr. Bruce Adams, chair of emergency medicine at University Hospital and UT Health San Antonio. “Us men, we want to get up there hang the lights, get up on the roof, put Santa and the reindeer on the roof — and we fall.” Dr. Adams, speaking to KENS5 reporter Jeremy Baker, said ladders are …Read More >

Tags: , , , , ,
A dog is dressed up as a ghost for Halloween with a candy basket in its mouth

The best fright is fun fright. How to be safe on Halloween

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

Halloween is supposed to be spooky fun. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the busiest nights of the year for emergency departments — including University Hospital’s. It’s not hard to understand why. Lots and lots of happy, energetic kids are circulating through neighborhoods after dark, their excitement overcoming any sense of caution when darting across streets to demand candy at the next available house with decorations and a bright porch light. “Halloween can be the deadliest night of the year for our children,” said Jennifer Northway, director of University Health System’s Injury Prevention Program. “Make sure they are safe.” The chances of …Read More >

Tags: , ,
Cheerleaders and football players huddle in a circle wearing red uniforms

Football season? Watch your head

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

Football season is upon us. While that usually means the promise of cooler temperatures and the pleasure of cheering from bleacher seats, it’s also worth keeping in mind the risk of head injuries. It’s a major problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate the number of sports-related concussions in the United States at some 1.6 million to 3.8 million each year. Another study puts the odds of an athlete in a contact sport suffering a concussion as high as 19 percent per season. “Our brain is our most valuable resource,” said Dr. Lillian Liao, assistant professor of surgery at …Read More >

Tags: , , ,
Three doctors wear masks as they look down to operate

Rising numbers of serious injuries reported

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  Research  /  trauma

The number of seriously injured children and adults brought to University Hospital’s Level 1 trauma center has increased in each year over a five-year span. And even when accounting for population growth in the region, the rate of those injuries has also been rising year after year. Those were among the main findings from University Health System’s Third Annual Community Trauma Report, which was publicly released at a news conference Thursday. The report looks at major causes of serious injuries and trends in South Texas over a five-year period, using data from thousands of trauma patients seen at University Hospital. …Read More >

Tags: , , , ,
A person rides on a hoverboard for a news report

Hoverboards pose a risk

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

If a young person on your Christmas shopping list wants a hoverboard, ignore the pleas and find a safer alternative, said Dr. Lilian Liao, director of pediatric trauma and burns at University Hospital. Retailers are increasingly pulling the item off their shelves for safety concerns, including reports of fires, explosions and trips to the emergency room. Lithium-ion batteries that power the devices appear to be the source of the fires. Airlines have banned the devices, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating them. The term hoverboard is misleading; these devices don’t float above the ground — like in the …Read More >

Tags: , , , , ,
An iPhone rests on the center console of a car while the rest of the car's interior is out of focus

Keeping your focus behind the wheel

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  Surgery  /  Technology

As someone who takes care of children and adults who are seriously injured in car crashes, I was happy to see the city of San Antonio pass an ordinance banning the use of hand-held phones while driving. I believe it will save lives if people follow the law. Unfortunately, cell phones aren’t the only cause of distracted driving — although they are a major cause. Across the nation on average, distracted driving kills more than nine people each day and injures more than 1,153. To put it plainly, distracted driving increases the chances you will be in a motor vehicle …Read More >

Tags: , , , , ,
A person in a helmet and racing clothes rides an ATV2 through a dirt path

When recreation becomes deadly

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Emergency care

The popularity of all-terrain vehicles, golf carts and other recreational vehicles is on the rise across the country. So is the number of riders — many of them children — who suffer serious injuries and even death. Crashes involving these types of vehicles bring more than 100,000 children and adults to the emergency room each year. A quarter of them are children under the age of 16. And the number of injuries has been rising since the year 2000. In 2008, the most recent year that complete statistics are available, 109 children across the country younger than age 16 died …Read More >

Tags: , , , , ,
Second annual community trauma report with a UHS building against a blue sky

As biking becomes more popular, injuries are on the rise

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  Surgery

The growing popularity of bicycles has come with a price — a sharp rise in both adults and children treated at University Hospital with severe injuries from bike crashes. That was one of the highlights from University Health System’s second annual Community Trauma Report, which looks at major causes of serious injuries and trends in South Texas over a five-year period, using data from thousands of trauma patients seen at University Hospital. The report was released Thursday as families across the country prepare to take to the road for the holidays. “With this, our second annual Community Trauma Report, we hope to continue …Read More >

Tags: , , , , , , , ,