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Trauma Alert Newsletter

Acute Kidney Injury

Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) is an abrupt decrease in kidney function and poses a significant risk to trauma patients. It is important to pay close attention to each patient’s baseline renal function and existing co-morbidities to minimize their risk for AKI. Learn more about AKI management in edition 15 of the Trauma Alert newsletter:

Trauma Alert edition 15

Maxillofacial Trauma

When patients present with maxillofacial trauma it is important to perform a thorough physical exam, which includes the assessment of all bony structures. Patients should also be examined for concurrent injuries to other body regions. Learn more about maxillofacial trauma and management in edition 13 of the Trauma Alert newsletter:

Trauma Alert edition 13

Trauma Awareness Month

May is Trauma Awareness month and the 2021 theme is Safe and Secure: Safety is a Choice, Prevention is Key. May is also National Stop the Bleed month. Stop the Bleed is a public health initiative aimed at increasing awareness and training on life saving Stop the Bleed techniques. Learn more about this year’s Trauma Awareness and Stop the Bleed activities in edition 12 of the Trauma Alert newsletter:

Trauma Alert edition 12

Child Maltreatment

Child maltreatment refers to the abuse or neglect of children and is a leading cause of injury or impairment in Indiana. Understanding ways to prevent child maltreatment and what you should do if you suspect child abuse or neglect are important. Read more about that and review the current non-accidental trauma algorithm for Beacon Children’s Hospital in edition 11 of the Trauma Alert newsletter:

Trauma Alert edition 11

Head Trauma

Hospitals and trauma centers often see patients with a head injury and or a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The primary goal of treatment for TBIs is to prevent a secondary brain injury. Learn more about traumatic brain injury management in edition 10 of the Trauma Alert newsletter:

Trauma Alert edition 10

The Pregnant Trauma Patient

Initial treatment priorities for the pregnant trauma patient should focus on optimal resuscitation of the mother so that fetus survivability is optimized. In addition to traumatic injuries, there are other complications that can occur as a result of trauma to the pregnant patient. Learn more about the management of pregnant trauma patients, and read exciting trauma program updates, in edition 8 of the Trauma Alert newsletter:

Trauma Alert edition 8

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