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UT Medicine trauma surgeons urge safe summer travel

Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 · Volume: XLVI · Issue: 11


(Left to right) John G. Myers, M.D., Lillian Liao, M.D., M.P.H., and Brian Eastridge, M.D., urge summer travelers and especially South Texans to avoid injuries and accidents. All three see patients at UT Medicine San Antonio, the faculty practice of the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. They also are faculty members in the Division of Trauma & Emergency Surgery, part of the Department of Surgery, and are on the trauma team of University Hospital’s Level 1 Trauma Center.
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(Left to right) John G. Myers, M.D., Lillian Liao, M.D., M.P.H., and Brian Eastridge, M.D., urge summer travelers and especially South Texans to avoid injuries and accidents. All three see patients at UT Medicine San Antonio, the faculty practice of the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. They also are faculty members in the Division of Trauma & Emergency Surgery, part of the Department of Surgery, and are on the trauma team of University Hospital’s Level 1 Trauma Center.clear graphic

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With the Memorial Day weekend ushering in the summer travel season, UT Medicine San Antonio surgeons are urging travelers to drive safely and for all South Texans to do the common-sense things that help prevent injury, such as using safety belts; avoiding texting and driving; abstaining from drinking and driving; and maintaining safe speeds on the road.

“Prevention will have the greatest impact on avoiding the trauma associated with death and disability,” said John G. Myers, M.D., a UT Medicine San Antonio physician, professor and chief of the Division of Trauma & Emergency Surgery at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, and president of the University Health System Medical and Dental Staff.

UT Medicine San Antonio is the faculty practice of the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

Traffic collisions and falls are the most common types of injuries treated at University Hospital’s Level 1 Trauma Center, where faculty members from the School of Medicine’s Division of Trauma & Emergency Surgery — all UT Medicine physicians — provide patient care as University Hospital’s trauma team.

“With thousands of seriously injured patients arriving for care each year, doctors and nurses here are able to monitor and identify trends and risk factors through the use of a comprehensive trauma registry,” Dr. Myers wrote in University Health System’s 2012 Community Trauma Report.

University Hospital’s trauma registry compiles data on the types of injuries seen by the lead Level 1 trauma center for a 22-county region of South and Central Texas. According to the report, released at a press conference May 23, 4,217 people — 1,051 children and 3,166 adults — were treated for serious injuries at University Hospital in 2012, a 16 percent increase over the 3,641 patients seen in 2011.

Vehicle crashes were the leading cause of injuries among trauma patients ages 5 through 64. Falls and burns were the leading cause of injury for children less than 1 year of age. Falls also were the leading cause of injury in adults age 65 and older. In all, 225 children and 763 adults were treated by the trauma team from falls in 2012.

Brian Eastridge, M.D., physician and professor/clinical in the Health Science Center trauma division, added, “We love what we do but we would give anything for trauma cases such as these to be prevented by education.” Dr. Eastridge is the trauma medical director at University Hospital.

Lillian Liao, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor/clinical in the division, also represented UT Medicine at the press conference. She is the pediatric trauma and burn director at University Hospital.

 
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