EIRMC opens the first burn care center in Idaho
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center opened the first burn care center in Idaho at the beginning of the month.
CHICAGO (AP) — University of Chicago Medicine has announced that a $9 million donation toward expanding trauma care to help children and their families recover by going beyond just medical...
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Officials at a Georgia trauma center are reviewing a day this month that began as a slower-than-usual Sunday and ended in one of its busiest days.
Southern Illinois Healthcare seeks trauma center status
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois Healthcare is taking steps to expand access to trauma care in the southern part of the state where the lack of trauma centers can add stress, cost and...
QUETZALTENANGO, Guatemala (AP) — An English tourist whose body was found near a Guatemala highland lake popular with travelers died of hemorrhaging resulting from a traumatic brain injury,...
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in southeastern Minnesota are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found in a road near Rochester.
Helicopters haul logs for Flagstaff forest thinning project
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Helicopter flights over Flagstaff are common, particularly with the local hospital being northern Arizona's only top-tier trauma center, but the cargo of some of the helicopters buzzing over Flagstaff these days consists of logs, not people.
The logs are the product of forest thinning intended to help reduce the severity of wildfires, and helicopters are being used partly for the work because the terrain is a barrier to ground transport of felled trees.
7 dead whales reported on Kodiak Island in 2018
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Seven dead whales washed ashore on Kodiak Island in 2018, according to officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Official who oversaw migrant kids: Separation causes trauma
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Health and Human Services official responsible for helping to reunite families separated by the Trump administration said Thursday he had warned colleagues that separating...
Autopsy finds Illinois FedEx worker died of fall, not cold
EAST MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — An autopsy found that a FedEx worker found dead outside in western Illinois amid record low temperatures died of a traumatic head injury.
Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson says 69-year-old William L. Murphy's death was due to a fall. Police say a colleague found the Moline man's body between two semitrailers at the delivery company's East Moline facility Thursday morning, when Moline hit a record low of minus 33 degrees (minus 36 Celsius).
State auditors find systemic trauma at live-in care facility
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A state-run residential treatment center for people with severe disabilities and mental illness or other issues is rife with systemic problems leading to trauma for staffers and residents alike, Idaho's state auditors have found.
Police officer hurt in crash with Florida storage facility
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a Miami police officer has crashed into a storage facility while apparently attempting to avoid another vehicle.
News outlets report the officer was injured in the Monday night wreck and taken to a nearby trauma center with minor injuries to her legs. Miami Fire Rescue says the officer was responding to a call when she apparently swerved to avoid another vehicle and hit the building.
Clinic helps veterans, first responders with free care
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — They are there to protect and serve. They are Army Strong. They do whatever it takes and are exposed to trauma most people can't fathom.
But what about when the shift, deployment or career ends?
Coroner: Mother, daughter strangled in LA-area apartment
MONROVIA, Calif. (AP) — Coroner's officials say a woman and her teenage daughter found dead in an apartment east of Los Angeles were strangled, and the girl also suffered head trauma.
The bodies of 41-year-old Cecilia Meza and 17-year-old Kelsey Meza were discovered Dec. 5 when police in Monrovia were asked to check on them after the girl had missed several days of school.
Group seeks volunteers to help people cope with trauma
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — An organization that helps people who are dealing with emotional trauma such as an unexpected death is looking for more volunteers to better serve the two counties along the New Hampshire Seacoast where it operates.
The need for the services provided by the organization Victims Inc. is becoming more acute as drug overdoses continue to plague New Hampshire.
Retired Tulsa surgeon remembers JFK’s assassination
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — It has been 55 years since the trauma emergency room at Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital became the center of the known universe.
"We heard people had been shot," said retired Tulsa surgeon Dr. Jerry Gustafson. "We heard the president had been shot. But it wasn't like today. It was chaotic. We didn't know. We just knew there were a lot of people coming into our emergency room."
NW Indiana man sues police, seeks damages for crash injuries
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana man alleges in a federal lawsuit that he suffered a traumatic brain injury when a police officer ran a red light and struck his vehicle in 2016.
Carlos Gallegos-Esqueda of Hammond is suing the Lake County Sheriff's Department and others for damages.
He alleges that Lake County Sheriff's Officer Anibal Ramos' actions in the June 2016 crash demonstrated a "deliberate indifference to the lives of those around him."
Nebraska toddler dies of trauma in wind-tossed inflatable
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 2-year-old Nebraska boy was killed and his sister was injured when wind tore a giant inflatable from its moorings and tossed it 30 feet (9 meters) into the air before depositing it, with the toddler wrapped up inside, more than 100 feet (30 meters) away, authorities said Friday.
Teen attacked by shark at Southern California beach
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 13-year-old boy skin diving for lobsters was attacked by a shark Saturday along the Southern California coast but was quickly pulled from the water by other divers and flown to a trauma center, authorities said.
The boy was in critical but stable condition more than nine hours later at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, spokesman Carlos Delgado said.
The boy underwent surgery but no other information about him, including his name, was released.
Judge throws out lawsuit by ex-wrestlers over concussions
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a lawsuit by 60 former professional wrestlers, many of them stars in the 1980s and 1990s, who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head trauma including concussions that led to long-term brain damage.
Woman found dead along I-65; help sought identifying her
COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Authorities are seeking help from the public in identifying a woman found dead of blunt force trauma along an interstate in southern Indiana.
The Bartholomew County Coroner's Office says motorists spotted the body along Interstate 65 near Columbus on Monday and authorities determined she had recently died. An autopsy Tuesday found that the woman, who may have been in her 20s or 30s, died of blunt force trauma to the chest and abdomen.
Woman dies more than a year after Ohio thrill ride accident
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 19-year-old woman has died just over a year after she suffered a traumatic brain injury in a thrill ride accident at last year's Ohio State Fair.
An attorney for Jennifer Lambert says she died Friday. She had been in long-term care since the accident that killed an 18-year-old high school student.
Attorney James Arnold says Lambert died from liver failure and that her death may not have been directly related to the injuries she suffered at the fair.
Immigrant families struggling with trauma of separation
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 6-year-old immigrant boy sobs at the school bus stop in suburban Maryland and begs his mother to promise she will not disappear again.
A toddler in Honduras wakes up screaming and searches for the government social worker who cared for him for several months. Other children duck or hide their faces when they see a uniformed officer.
Training to stop bleeding to take place at Maryland school
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Reading, writing, arithmetic and now training on how to stop life-threatening bleeding is taking place at a Maryland High School.
The "Stop the Bleed" training is being conducted by medical staff of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center on Monday at Southern High School in Harwood, Maryland.
It's part of a national initiative of the American College of Surgeons that teaches anyone how to stop life-threatening bleeding until medical help arrives.
Authorities: Woman died of blunt force trauma
DAYTON, Ore. (AP) — Officials say they've determined the cause of death of a 27-year-old woman whose body was found by joggers at the bottom of an embankment.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office tells The Oregonian/OregonLive in a story on Friday that Meighan Cordie died of blunt force trauma.
But Yamhill County Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Chris Ray says the investigation is continuing into what led to her death and how she was injured.
Man who drowned at Silver Lake may have been hit by boat
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — An autopsy shows that a southwestern Washington man who was pulled out of Silver Lake died from drowning and blunt force chest trauma.
The Daily News reports investigators say Paul David Elf of Castle Rock may have been hit by a boat.
The autopsy shows that the 42-year-old sustained broken ribs and a cracked vertebra in his neck.
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Hiker who died fell, suffered blunt force trauma
LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a hiker whose body was flown by helicopter out of the Buck Mountain area, north of Lake Wenatchee died after an accidental fall.
Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris says 43-year-old James Rothwell of Seattle died Saturday as a result of blunt force trauma to his head and body.
Harris says Rothwell was wearing a helmet but the force from the fall was too much for it to absorb and he had severe trauma to his brain.
The Latest: 2 birds killed by hail at Colorado zoo
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a powerful hailstorm that injured people at a Colorado zoo (all times local):
A powerful storm that pummeled a busy Colorado zoo with large hail killed two birds and injured at least one other.
Jenny Koch, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's marketing director, says a vulture and a duck were killed by the hail. A second vulture was also injured by hail and is being cared for in a veterinary hospital.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawyers who helped reunite two Central American children and their parents who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by federal authorities said Tuesday that their focus now is on ensuring the children get treatment for the trauma they suffered.
Missouri stroke, heart attack program in limbo
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri program aimed at connecting stroke, heart attack and trauma patients with the best care as soon as possible is in limbo following a budget cut by Gov. Mike Parson.
At issue is about $154,000 vetoed by Parson this fiscal year for a program that designates hospitals as stroke, heart attack and trauma centers. The move spurred backlash from lawmakers, hospitals and groups such as the American Heart Association.
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say there was no signs of foul play or trauma on the body of a man found at Lake Pleasant near Phoenix and the tentative manner of death is accidental.
Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say 34-year-old Joseph Casey was reported missing on June 21 after his car broke down at the lake about 35 miles (57 kilometers) northwest of Phoenix.
He reportedly was seen getting into a vehicle and trying to get a ride out of the desert to get help.
MOSCOW (AP) — Peru's soccer federation says striker Jefferson Farfan has been hospitalized with head trauma after a hard collision with a teammate during practice at the World Cup.
The federation says initial results "were favorable for the player" but Farfan was going to remain in the hospital so doctors could monitor him.
Farfan went down after colliding with one of the team's goalkeepers in a practice session on Saturday.
LISBON, N.Y. (AP) — A 7-year-old Amish boy injured when a pickup truck crashed into his buggy on an upstate New York road remains in critical condition with head trauma.
Levi Miller and 30-year-old John Miller were ejected from the buggy around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in Lisbon, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the Canadian border.
John Miller was treated at a local hospital and released. Levi Miller was transferred to a Syracuse hospital. The horse is expected to recover from injuries.
Woman struck by drunken driver 9 months ago has died
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A mother of four has died nine months after she was struck by a drunken driver in St. Paul and suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Fifty-two-year-old Joy Hundley underwent nine surgeries since she was struck while crossing a street after leaving work at Comcast last September.
CHICAGO (AP) — In the first weeks of its operation, the University of Chicago Medicine's new Level I adult trauma center has become one of the busiest in Illinois.
The hospital says since May 2, the center treated 274 patients during its first four weeks. About 38 percent of the patients suffered gunshot or stab wounds.
Leslee Stein-Spencer of the Public Health Department says the numbers show there was definite need for a trauma center on Chicago's South Side.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two Omaha health systems are teaming up with a violence prevention group to try to stop escalating violence in Nebraska's largest city.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Marine experts say a dead gray whale found in the San Francisco Bay appears to have died from blunt-force trauma from a ship.
It's the third gray whale found dead in the San Francisco Bay since March, when a gray whale that died of malnutrition was found on Angel Island. Another died last month after an orca attacked it and it then got entangled in fishers' nets.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico has chosen a new CEO for its Level 1 trauma center and academic medical center.
The university announced Tuesday that Kate Becker will serve as the new CEO for the university health system.
This May, the American Red Cross is calling for donors to give blood and platelets regularly to be prepared to meet the needs of patients in emergency situations.
According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2 million hospital admissions each year.
HARTFORD — A movement to provide police officers and firefighters with mental health treatment for trauma suffered while doing their job is hitting a wall of opposition from towns and cities worried about costs.
Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary, president of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, said a bill before the Senate that provides lengthy leaves of absence to treat Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome could cost towns and cities millions of dollars a year.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado Springs hospital has become the only medical facility outside the Denver area to be designated with the state's highest trauma care status.
The Gazette reports UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central announced Tuesday that its trauma center has received level-one status, which only three other Colorado hospitals have.
DECATUR : Tony Stimpson warned Bellmont High School students that graphic images would soon flash on the screen onstage.
Stimpson, a longtime paramedic teaching the teens about bleeding control, said seeing photographs of bloody injuries prepares them for facing such situations in real life, when quick action can mean the difference between life and death.
"You're the true first responders," he said Tuesday to about 700 students and staff in the school's auditorium.
Across the nation, a trauma event happens every four seconds, and traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for Americans 44 and under. The Memorial Hermann Foundation will host its annual Memorial Hermann Circle of Life “Rise & Shine” Gala April 21 at the Hilton Americas. The event will benefit Memorial Hermann’s emergency medicine, Memorial Hermann Life Flight and TIRR Memorial Hermann services.
Number, severity of brain injuries raises dementia risk
SEATTLE (AP) — A large study offers more evidence of a link between traumatic brain injuries and dementia later in life, with repeated injuries and severe ones posing the greatest danger.
Researchers analyzed 36 years of health records of 2.8 million people in Denmark, where a national health system makes it possible to explore connections in a far-reaching way.
Overall, the risk was small. About 95 percent of people who suffered a brain injury never developed dementia.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. — You’re throwing a football around in the yard with your neighbors. While stretching out as far as you can to catch the pass, you slam your head hard against a pole going for the ball. Seeing stars and feeling confused, you take a seat. Wouldn’t it be nice if a test could say whether you have a brain injury?
Not just Mark: An inside look at the brain injuries common to football players
On a scan, it looks like there’s a hole in Mark Rypien’s brain.
It’s not actually there – the gray spot in a sea of rainbow indicates an area of low blood flow. It’s often found in people with alcohol abuse problems or sleep apnea, but in Rypien’s case, it’s likely a sign of head trauma, said his neurologist and psychiatrist, Daniel Amen.
Training for trauma: Yuba County employees learn life-saving techniques to prevent blood loss in an emergency
The sad reality is that bombings, stabbings and mass shootings can happen anywhere at any time. How people respond to the needs of victims can make all the difference.
Saving a life in an emergency situation might seem difficult, but a nationwide initiative is focused on educating the public on a few techniques that could potentially prevent someone from bleeding out and dying.