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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)

Shock is a condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen & 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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