Medical Minute: Saving Trauma Patients

He's back to teaching this model-making class.

Chris Stanley Had traumatic injury "Mostly, I'm able to do what I've always been able to do."

But Chris Stanley knows it's a miracle after a terrible accident two years ago.

Chris Stanley said, "I slid up on the hood of the car, hit the windshield, pushed that in."

Chris was riding his bike on a busy road when he was hit by a car. He flew 85 feet and landed without it. His severe head injury allowed Chris to qualify for a new study. Paramedics usually give trauma patients an I-V filled with salt to replace lost blood.

The level of salt is about the same as what's in the bloodstream. In the new study, patients got a more concentrated dose of saline or a placebo.

Eileen Bulger, MD Trauma Specialist, said, "In a patient who has lost a lot of blood, you can rapidly restore their blood pressure by giving this concentrated salt that then draws extra fluid out of their tissues into their bloodstream."

Early results show the high doses of salt, called hypertonic saline, also improve blood flow to the brain, reduce brain swelling, and can decrease the risk of infection.

Eileen Bulger added, "Our goal is for the people who have lost a lot of blood to see if we can actually improve survival."

Chris doesn't know yet if he got the hypertonic saline or the placebo.

Chris said, "Just being able to speak, being able to walk, being able to think coherently are miracles."

He's just thankful for his amazing recovery.

For more info:

Hypertonic Resuscitation Study
(800) 607-1879


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