On this Patient Power program about trauma and injury prevention, Layla Bush, shares her story of surviving a mass shooting at the Jewish Federation in downtown Seattle in 2006. You will hear about the drama that then moved to the Harborview Medical Trauma Center. Harborview Medical Center’s Surgeon-in-Chief, Dr. Ron Maier and also Layla’s doctor, joins the program to tell us about what has to happen in the case of a serious trauma or injury and what we can do to keep ourselves healthy and safe.
Dr. Maier helps listeners understand what the trauma hospital and trauma system brings that patients cannot find at a small community hospital. This involves an entire plan and process that is able to take an injured patient, immediately recognize the severity of injuries and have the patient in the operating room, asleep and being operated on and having the injuries corrected within literally minutes. Of particular interest is Dr. Maier’s discussion about the latest research focused on how physicians can modify the body’s response so that a patient doesn’t auto-destruct after a catastrophic injury that evolution did not mean for them to survive.
Layla is an example of this type of person, and she shares her long road to recovery after the initial trauma. Both Dr. Maier and Layla speak about the importance of family, not only for emotional support at the hospital when the injury first occurs but for long-term rehabilitation.
Many traumas and injuries are preventable. What is defined as an accident? To what extent is society willing to take and help enforce preventative measures? Simple things like wearing helmets and taking guns out of the home can play a tremendous role in prevention. Also, learn the percentage of patients severely injured in a circumstance where significant amounts of alcohol were involved. Overall, this is an extremely thought provoking and informative Patient Power program about what is involved from a medical standpoint when a trauma occurs and the steps we can take as a society to minimize these occurrences.
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