Surgery Rotation

I could say that from all of my hospital rotations, Surgery service or department is one that I found difficult to handle next to Obstetrics and Gynecology. This is because these two services both have operating room or surgical procedures which I don’t find interesting although cases per se are mind-exciting to think of, but the tasks and skills are the one I could find a no good fit to me.

However, there are still part of my Surgery rotation which I sometimes think I want to be part of the department but only in that specific section only. It is in the emergency section of the department.

Surgery Department

There are actually just few reasons why I love to be part of the emergency duty team of the surgery department when I rotated with them. I always enjoy every thrill and exciting cases of every patients coming in and being referred to the department. I even found the most common case in the ER a challenging one to handle. Basically, everything in the ER-surgery department are all interesting cases for me.

One case which I couldn’t forget was a head trauma patient who happened to be a case of concussion. If I remembered it right, she was just a senior high school student that time and was attending her school activity when there was an accident happen and she got involved. She was then immediately sent to the ER of the hospital. That time I was advised by my resident surgeon that every doctor must learn the signs of concussion which include a loss of consciousness of patient right after the accident, being confused or forgetful, changes in behavior is also observable in this patient. Most often times, the patient might complain of headache or dull or presence of pressure in the head. Other patients might vomit or just feel nauseated, experienced problems in gate or balance and being groggy.

Going back to that patient, we – the surgical team who handled the case, didn’t know that she was a daughter of one of the hospital’s big bosses. We were just actually shocked when a personal injury law firm staff has had been questioning us about the situation of the patient. But at least, we were able to handle that said case well.

Well, that is just one of the many must-share stories of experiences I always cherish being a medical doctor offering service in the surgery department.

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From Football to the Slopes: Sports That Cause the Most Concussions

Large, imposing, and tough to conquer, Xavier has played football since grade school. Now a defensive lineman on his college football team, he’s suffering the effects of his fifth concussion. This most recent head injury is the one that put him over the edge – memory lapses, threats to harm himself, deteriorating relationships, not acting like himself. Xavier is under orders to rest his brain, and he’s terrified that he’s going to lose his athletic scholarship if he doesn’t get back on the field. But his family is afraid they might lose him if he puts that helmet on one more time.

Estimates compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that between 1.6 million and 3.8 million concussions happen every year. While football is overwhelmingly in the lead, here are 10 sports where concussions happen most often and the average annual concussion rate for each, according to research gathered from the U.S. National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS):

          10. Softball – 2, 417
9. Hockey – 2,498
8. Wrestling, boxing, martial arts – 2,509
7. Skiing – 2,890
6. Snowboarding – 3,204
5. Baseball – 3,441
4. Horseback riding – 3,477
3. Soccer – 6,810
2. Basketball – 7,654
1. Football – 17,627

The NEISS collects injury reports annually from 100 emergency rooms to compile their statistics. Not mentioned on the NIESS list but reported as growing in the number of head injuries present in the sport, particularly in high school, are lacrosse and cheerleading, according to the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Lacrosse, especially, is ranking on the concussion list for impact speed.

Sports Injury

Causes of Sports Concussions

There’s a belief that substandard helmets lead to more head injuries in sports, but the risk is present regardless of protective equipment. A professional football player will receive an estimated 900 to 1,500 blows to the head in any given season. While most concussions result from player-to-player contact – mostly head-to-head collisions – contact with the playing surface and the playing apparatus, like a ball or stick, are not uncommon.

It may seem like concussions happen far more often now, but there’s a strong possibility that the increase in concussions rates is because coaches, players, athletic trainers, and parents are now better able to recognize the symptoms of concussion and report the injury. Knowing the signs of a concussion is critical to adequate recovery, and to ensure that even more head injuries don’t occur if a player goes back on the field too soon after injury.

About: Christensen Law is a personal injury law firm located in Southfield, MI. David Christensen specializes in helping victims of auto and truck accidents. He has more than 25 years of experience helping those injured obtain medical benefits and secure treatment options that allow them to focus on their healing and recovery.

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Antibiotic Awareness Week 2015

Most often than not, every time we see one suffering from any illnesses, he or she is almost always been given antibiotics. For everybody to make this clear, antibiotics are antimicrobial drugs used to treat bacterial infection and even prevent more serious sequelae of any bacterial infection. Every antibiotics has different actions to every bacteria. But they are not effective against viruses as to even provide harmful effects to the body.

Antibiotic Awareness Week 2015

On this antibiotics awareness week 2015, every health practitioners would like to make a move to the proper dissemination and information drive to everybody to be well-informed regarding the use and misuse of antibiotics.

This Antibiotic Awareness Week 2015 starts today, November 16 to 22, 2015.

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