Imagine you are riding your bike down the road and get hit by a car or you’re sitting at your son’s basketball game, and your heart just stops beating – what happens? What are the first steps for those around you? What will give you the best chance of survival? On this Patient Power program, host Andrew Schorr is joined by a professor and cardiologist, Dr. Peter Kudenchuk, from the University of Washington Medical Center, as well as a trauma surgeon, Dr. Eileen Bulger, from Harborview Medical Center.
Trauma -- it’s not something many patients think about until it happens. Most people who die from a traumatic injury die either from massive blood loss or from a severe brain injury. In either case, time is of the essence and decisions usually have to be made before the injured person is even in sight of a hospital. How do you recognize the signs? What are the first steps you should take? In this program you’ll learn about the newest research related to reducing the risk of trauma. Studies discussed during the program include using IV solutions with different components and looking at when to use a defibrillator when someone’s heart either stops beating or is beating erratically.
During the program, both doctors speak to the controversy surrounding research with trauma patients. Most often when trauma patients receive experimental care – care that could save their life but has not been proven -- they are not in a position to give consent. This is a delicate area of research because it very much needs to be done, but the patients are usually incapacitated and cannot consent. Whether to use a defibrillator or CPR? What kind of IV solution to give someone? The end goal is giving the patient the best chance at survival. Learn what researchers and doctors are considering and what steps you can take in the event of a traumatic incident that may help to save someone’s life.
Peter J. Kudenchuk, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A.
Professor of Medicine and Director of Arrhythmia Services, UW MedicineDr. Kudenchuck is Professor of Medicine and an attending physician at the University of Washington Medical Center. His expertise includes knowledge of cardiology and heart implantation devices. Dr. Kudenchuk has received honors including the Paul B. Beeson Teaching Award, was named one of the "Best Doctors" in Seattle and America, and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and... more >
Eileen M. Bulger, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Trauma Surgeon, Harborview Medical CenterDr. Bulger is a trauma surgeon at Harborview Medical Center and Associate Professor at the University of Washington, where she specializes in both clinical treatment of and research on trauma and clinical care. She received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical School, and completed residency training and fellowships in Trauma Research and Critical Care at the University of Washington.... more >