Tag Archive for ‘trauma’
This month’s column examines National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) records on the occurrence of patients with scrotal gunshot wounds.
This month’s column examines the occurrence of injured patients with a diagnosis of HIV in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset.
This month’s column examines the occurrence of injured patients with a diagnosis of hepatitis C in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset.
Timothy A. Miller, MD, FACS, former chief, division of plastic surgery, University of California-Los Angeles, and co-founder of Operation Mend—a program that provides reconstructive surgery to severely wounded veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq—is the subject of this profile.
This article describes the need for uniform license recognition and liability protection laws for volunteer health professionals, provides an update on Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act, and discusses the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act.
A brief overview of health care activities at the state level in 2013 followed by a summary of legislative and policy trends for 2014 are highlighted in this article.
This article examines the data regarding the effectiveness of mandatory motorcycle helmet laws and looks at the legal and ethical concerns surrounding them. The authors provide an overview of the arguments proponents and opponents of the laws use to support their positions and explains the ethical reasons why surgeons should play a role in the debate surrounding legislation mandating the use.
This month, Dr. Hoyt highlights the history and accomplishments of the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) course and the affect the program has had in the U.S. and around the globe in providing standardized, high-quality trauma care.
To help commemorate the ACS’ 100th anniversary, the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons is reprinting articles centered on the issues and developments that have defined the character and integrity of the organization throughout its history. This month’s Centennial reprint is from the October 1982 issue and describes the purposes of the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course.
On Christmas Day 2008, John Pryor, MD, FACS, was killed by mortar shrapnel while serving as a combat surgeon in Mosul, Iraq. A dedicated trauma and military surgeon, Dr. Pryor devoted much of his career after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. to serving his country. Many stories have been written about Dr. Pryor since his death, but perhaps no one is better able to tell his story than Dr. Pryor himself, and his brother Richard J. Pryor, MD, a retired emergency physician, has enabled him to do just that in a new book titled Alright, Let’s Call It a Draw: The Life of John Pryor. To write this unique book, Dr. Richard Pryor compiled his brother’s journal entries, his own memories, correspondence, and interviews to allow John Pryor to tell his own life’s story.
I write this as a review of a book that touched me in many ways, but also as an editorial on the evolution of surgical education and practice and the impact this career choice can have on family and friends. Indeed, this review serves as a call for all health care professionals to analyze how […]
On April 4, James Cole, DO, FACS, boarded a commercial plane in Chicago, IL, for the 36-hour journey to the Far Western Desert, Morocco, an expanse of the Sahara in the southeastern part of the country.
Throughout the year, we will be highlighting data through brief reports in the Bulletin. This issue of the Bulletin is examining the occurrence of surfing injuries in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB).
Numerous advances have occurred in trauma care in the past three decades, resulting in reduced rates of patient morbidity and mortality. One such advance—the evolution of radiologic imaging and computed tomography—has resulted in more precise and early diagnosis of numerous injuries. Most patients who are hemodynamically normal now can be managed nonoperatively. Simultaneously, a decrease […]
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s publication Motorcycle Safety, motorcycle deaths have increased each year between 1997 and 2008, for an overall increase of 150 percent.* Contrary to popular belief, young people are not the only ones who die as a result of motorcycle crashes.
Remember, Twister may be a fun-filled game, but a tornado is a life-threatening climatic occurrence.
In spite of all the education, public awareness campaigns, and outreach programs, drinking and driving continues to be a problem that our society faces each day. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s Traffic Safety Facts, an alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurred every 48 minutes in 2009. That same year, […]
The 2012 World Trauma Congress (WTC) will meet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 22 to 25, according to WTC president, Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD, FACS. Health care professionals from around the world will meet at the Congress to discuss vital aspects of trauma care and strategic actions for improving the quality and scientific knowledge […]
The word “bear” is derived from the old English word bera, which belongs to a family of names for bears originating from an adjective meaning brown. In Germanic culture, the bear symbolized the warrior. Bears are found in ancient literature, folk songs, mythology, legends, children’s songs, cartoons, on the shelves of your local toy store, […]
ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS