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What would a hospital that was not a level 3 trauma center do with a victim of a gunshot wound to the chest?

What would a hospital that was not a level 3 trauma center do with a victim of a gunshot wound to the chest?

Stabilize &…: If pt is adequately stable, transport him/her to level 3 center. If not stable, hospital's surgical team would have to intervene, possible calling in a team from tertiary center to assist. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Definition)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more


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What makes a hospital a trauma center?

Same: Standards may be the same. The level of care may different, depending on procedures done, and level of expertise available. There are levels1-3, depending on the specialties available/how often are they available. ...Read more

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What exactly happens in the hospital on a trauma ward after an auto accident?

What exactly happens in the hospital on a trauma ward after an auto accident?

Depends: It depends on the injuries. In general, the objective of medical care is to maintain normal bodily functions or homeostasis. ...Read more

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My foot suffered a trauma and i don't know if I should go to the hospital. I just buddy taped my big toe because it's in lots of pain. So should I?

My foot suffered a trauma and i don't know if I should go to the hospital. I just buddy taped my big toe because it's in lots of pain. So should I?

Fracture big toe-yes: A broken big toe should probably be seen, a lesser toe can be buddy taped. I do think most toe fractures should be x-rayed to see if the alignment of the fracture is good ...Read more

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Will an MRI show head trauma? I was hit by someone this morning and immediately went to a nearby show to report. The police came by, an ambulance took me to the hospital, and i was eval'd. The doctor for some reason did not do an mri, and after talking wi

Will an MRI show head trauma? I was hit by someone this morning and immediately went to a nearby show to report. The police came by, an ambulance took me to the hospital, and i was eval'd.
The doctor for some reason did not do an mri, and after talking wi

The : The answer to your question is "yes, but..."

mri can show evidence of trauma to the brain if it is present. The question is, when you say you were hit by someone, what do you mean? Were you a pedestrian and a car hit you? Were you punched in the face? Did you fall and have your head contact the ground violently? Did you black out?

If you simply were punched in the face i would not think that an MRI would be needed. If there were reason to suspect that bones in your face were broken then a ct scan would be best. If you fell and hit your head hard on something then there might be an indication for an mri.

If you want an MRI simply because your family thinks you should have it i would not get it. I would only get an MRI if a doctor examines you and finds a good reason to get the test, especially since you are going to have to pay out of pocket for it. If you have no neurological changes, feel well and have no bruising then i'm not sure why you want the mri.

If you really concerned you should see your doctor for a good neurological exam and let him/her decide if you need a scan. ...Read more

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Medical trauma from rape kit and 2 night hospital stay 14 yrs ago is resurfacing now during miscarriage f/u exams. How do I approach my ob about this?

Medical trauma from rape kit and 2 night hospital stay 14 yrs ago is resurfacing now during miscarriage f/u exams. How do I approach my ob about this?

Simply tell him/her: I'm sorry for your loss -- & suggest simply telling your OB doctor what you're experiencing. Most doctors have compassion, and want to keep patients as comfortable as possible. They can work slowly and be gentle, so that necessary exams can be done without further suffering. It's also possible that working with a good therapist can help with your feelings about the earlier rape as well. ...Read more

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The difference between shock and hypovolemia in trauma patients?

The difference between shock and hypovolemia in trauma patients?

Pressure / blood los: Hypovolemia means not enough fluid in the body. After trauma, this usually means blood loss from internal bleeding, fractures or external cuts.

Shock means not enough blood and oxygen getting to tissues in the body. Again, this is usually due to blood loss in trauma and results in a low blood pressure. There are other uncommon causes of shock like spinal cord injury, but they are rare. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a level I and level II trauma center?

Volume: Mainly volume of patients seen, acuity (how sick the patients are) and amount of research done by the centers. Level 1 centers tend to be busier, see and handle sicker patients and do research. The more severe your injury, the higher level of trauma center you want to go to. Level 1 is the highest. ...Read more

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What is the difference between shock and trauma?

What is the difference between shock and trauma?

Effect on body: Shock is a physical event in your body that means inadequate circulation to maintain oxygen or nurtriants to tissue, often from low blood pressue from dehydration or blood loss. Trauma meams injury either mild or severe but may not lead to schock ...Read more

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Im @ the hospital the nurse gave me montelukast 10mg and singulair 100mg yes 100mg (drank that one) i need to know the differences im scared!

Im @ the hospital the nurse gave me montelukast 10mg and singulair 100mg yes 100mg (drank that one) i need to know the differences im scared!

Don't worry: First, call the nurse and have her clarify what was given to you and why. Secondly, even if you had 110mg of montelukast (singulair is montelukast) it is not enough to cause an overdose. You have the right to know what medications you are given and why, so ask. Be well. ...Read more

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Excuse me, what is the difference between trauma and physical injury? Is trauma not physical injury? thank you

Excuse me, what is the difference between trauma and physical injury? Is trauma not physical injury? thank you

Trauma/Phys Inj: Traumatic injury is a term which refers to physical injuries of sudden onset and severity which require immediate medical attention. So, yes, trauma is a form of physical injury. Physical injury can range from a simple abrasion of the skin to major open wounds and broken wounds (trauma). Hope that helps to clarify the difference between the two terms ...Read more

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What is the difference between a "trauma center" and an "emergency room"?

Level of care: An emergency room treats a wide range of problems, including minor injuries. A trauma center can take care of major injuries, including those severe enough to require admission to the hospital. Special teams and surgical specialists are available at all times. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between a "trauma center" and an "emergency room"?

Trauma/ER confusion.: There are many confusing terms out there! emergency room or department, trauma center, ... All are er's. If you are having an emergency get to the closest one! but they don't all have the same resources. If you need emergency care from a specialist you may need to get transferred to a larger hospital. Ambulances will take severe injured patients directly to er's that have trauma surgeons 24/7. ...Read more

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What are the differences between emergency room trauma levels?

What are the differences between emergency room trauma levels?

Different: Er is just for emergencies and stabilize patients until they are routed to appropriate level of care. A trauma center is a hospital has a group of highly trained physicians and surgeons taking care of trauma patients. These include specialties like general surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery, ENT etc. ...Read more

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Difference between a surgical, trauma and ER doctor ?

Difference between a surgical, trauma and ER doctor ?

Difference: Briefly, a trauma surgeon has completed a surgical residency and in recent years additional training in trauma surgery and surgical critical care. This can total about 6-7 years post medical school. Whereas an ed physician trains on average 3 years post medical school and do not have the skill set based on training to perform advanced surgical procedures. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a trauma doctor and an ER doctor? Do they both manage the er's?

What is the difference between a trauma doctor and an ER doctor?  Do they both manage the er's?

Trauma and ER Docs: An er doc works in an er, taking care of the initial assessment of a wide range of problems...Heart attacks, asthma, colds, strokes, as well as trauma. A trauma doc is a surgeon, additionally trained in managing trauma cases. They don't work in the er but are called to see patients there. They may then admit them to the hospital, perform surgery on them or manage them in an icu. ...Read more

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Doctors, what is the difference between a MRI and a CT scan exam in a hospital?

Doctors, what is the difference between a MRI and a CT scan exam in a hospital?

MRI/CT: A CT scan uses x-ray radiation to generate an image. An MRI uses magnetic fields "tuned" to the frequency of protons in the body. Since each scan essentially measures a different property of tissues in the body, they are complementary tests. That is why if one doesn't provide a definitive answer, often the other will be ordered. ...Read more