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Stop the Bleed

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

A life-threatening injury can happen anywhere, and the closest help is almost always a bystander — be it a friend, a family member or a complete stranger. And because a person can bleed to death in minutes, before a first responder can arrive, University Health System on Monday held its first Stop the Bleed course — a 90-minute class that teaches a few basic skills to stop major blood loss in an emergency. The free classes will take place at University Hospital at 4 p.m. on the first Monday of every month. For now, no reservation is required. “It’s not …Read More >

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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 >

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Study will look at slowing blood loss after serious injuries

A new research study about to begin in Bexar and surrounding counties will examine whether a drug already approved for slowing blood loss in other conditions will reduce the risk of death in adult trauma patients in shock from severe bleeding. The Study of Tranexamic Acid during Air Medical Prehospital Transport Trial — or STAAMP Trial — is a national study designed to test the use of the drug in critically injured patients in shock during air transport to a trauma center. University Hospital, San Antonio AirLife and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will conduct …Read More >

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Rethinking tourniquets

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  Research  /  Surgery

The use of tourniquets to stop massive bleeding and save lives goes back centuries. But in modern times, their use has been a bit controversial — mainly because of some reports that they can damage nerves and tissue. In the military, however, tourniquets saw increased use in Iraq and Afghanistan — with studies demonstrating their effectiveness on the battlefield. And while civilian use has lagged because of those lingering concerns, interest has grown — particularly in the wake of mass-casualty events such as the Boston Marathon bombing. “The controversy regarding their use in the civilian realm lies in the degree of …Read More >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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Detergent pods can be a serious eye hazard to kids

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

They’re squishy, they’re brightly colored and they look a lot like gummy candies. But they’re actually detergent “pods” that conveniently pop into your washing machine without the mess and hassle of pouring powder or goopy liquid into a measuring cup. The problem is, young kids are mistaking the pods for those gummy candies. And when they bite into them, they can get some of the chemical content in their eyes, causing blinding injuries. Many other children have become seriously ill after eating the pods. In recent months, University Hospital’s Emergency Department has seen a few of these eye injuries in …Read More >

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Avoiding a painful Fourth of July holiday

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

“It didn’t light!” Those words are often heard before some pretty serious injuries each July 4, as children rush back to inspect a firecracker or Roman candle they wrongly think failed to light — only to have it explode in their faces. On average, about 40 patients a day are treated for fireworks-related burns at University Hospital’s Emergency Department throughout the month of July. Many of these could have been prevented, said Dr. Lillian Liao, medical director of pediatric trauma at the hospital, and assistant professor of surgery at the UT Health Science Center. “Handling fireworks can quickly lead to …Read More >

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Protecting the head

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

Concern about concussions has reached the highest levels. The White House is convening a Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit on Thursday, May 29, bringing together athletes, parents and researchers to focus attention on the risks of head injury to athletes of all ages, all sports and both sexes. The hope is that the conference will raise awareness about the problem of head injuries, and to encourage public and private organizations to invest in research to better identify, treat and prevent these injuries. It’s a major problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate the number of sports-related …Read More >

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