Category: Trauma

Former patient thanks trauma surgeon 10 years after he saved her life

Former patient thanks trauma surgeon 10 years after he saved her life

Saying “thank you” is a small gesture that can have a big impact on someone’s life—whether it’s the person giving or receiving the gratitude.
For Mary Kausch, the journey to thank the Washington University trauma surgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital she credits with saving her life started exactly 10 years ago this weekend.
In 2003, Kausch

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Stay safe this summer

Stay safe this summer

A trauma occurs every 4 seconds in the United States. A trauma could affect you mentally and physically. Situations that would cause you to be seriously injured, i.e. motor vehicle accidents, assault, falls, etc. may result in trauma. In 2012, the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Trauma Center recorded about 12,000 patient visits, resulting in more

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Trauma centers differ from emergency departments, part 2

Trauma centers differ from emergency departments, part 2

Previously, I explained that there are quite a few differences between trauma centers and emergency departments overall. In addition to those reasons, patient care differs between emergency departments and trauma centers. An ED is where patients are initially seen. But what really differentiates them is that they have the capability to see patients in the

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How Do Trauma Centers Differ From Emergency Departments? Part I

How Do Trauma Centers Differ From Emergency Departments? Part I

It’s a common question, “What do you do for a living?”
To which I reply, “I’m a trauma surgeon.” And I’m proud to work with a dedicated and hard-working team at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Trauma Center.
To give you some background, I am a Washington University physician and have been the director of

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Project ChildSafe providing free gun locks and safety education

Project ChildSafe providing free gun locks and safety education

On August 15th, representatives from 14 different regional law enforcement agencies and trauma centers, including Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, came together for a press conference to talk about a shared goal – reducing the number of gun-related accidents in the area.
Through Project ChildSafe, 5200 free gun locks and firearm safety education materials

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Miranda Cosgrove Accident Sheds Light on Importance of EMS First Responders

Yesterday’s bus accident involving iCarly actress Miranda Cosgrove has earned international attention. Fortunately, everyone seems to be OK.
The incident sheds light on how important the emergency medicine services (EMS) people are in the field. If you’ve seen the pictures of the accident, the tour bus hit the overturned tractor-trailer at a good clip. According

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Will Drunk Driving Death of Ryan Dunn Curb DUI Incidents? Hopefully.

If anything positive comes from the death of “Jackass” performer Ryan Dunn, it’s that the dangers of drinking and driving will be publicly shared with a new audience who may be too young to remember deaths of people like Sam Kinison from getting behind the wheel in a shape they shouldn’t.
According to the Washington

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First "Everyday Heroes" event a success

Douglas Randell, AAS, NREMT-P, is very passionate about EMS. He’s even more passionate about making sure more minorities have a chance to pursue careers in EMS or becoming an EMT.
On Friday, May 13, Randell hosted the event “Everyday Heroes” to honor two African-American EMS scholarship winners. The focus of the night was “supporting education

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This morning's shooting and a thanks to our emergency and trauma team

This morning's shooting and a thanks to our emergency and trauma team

If you live in the St. Louis area, I’m sure you’ve heard by now that two U.S. Marshals and a St. Louis city police officer were shot this morning while trying to make an arrest in south city. Here’s a recap from the Post-Dispatch.
The coverage after the initial shooting quickly turned to outcomes for the

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Emergency and trauma teams taking care of victims

The multi-car pile up this morning on Highway 40 near the Vandeventer exit ended up bringing many people into our emergency department for various injuries.
We’ve seen 15 patients so far, and thankfully none of them are life-threatening. In looking at the photos and video taken by local news stations, it’s pretty amazing that there

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