In honor of brain injury awareness month – what to look for when you hit your head

If you’ve had a fall, a car accident, or been involved in any other event where you hit your head or could have, it’s important for you to know the signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Some symptoms are present right away, but others can develop over days. Following is a list of…

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A new perspective on standard care – CDC issues guidelines on mild pediatric brain injuries

There is nothing ‘mild’ about a mild traumatic brain injury, especially when we’re talking about kids. This is something we at Hennepin Healthcare have known for years. And we also know that the number of children getting mild traumatic brain injuries, more commonly referred to as concussions, are on the rise.

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Local writer thanks and apologizes to neurosurgery team and ICU nurses

“Dear neurosurgery team and ICU nurses@ Hennepin Healthcare, I was hospitalized September 20, 2017 after suffering from a subarachnoid ruptured aneurysm and stroke. I spent two weeks in the ICU. I really can’t thank all of you enough! I wish I knew each of your names!  I know that my personality in the ICU was…

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Recognizing Brain Injury

Guest Blogger: Kary Briner, Hennepin Healthcare Traumatic Brain Injury Center Coordinator March… Longer days, warmer weather, a hint of spring in the air, and of course, Brain Injury Awareness Month. We at Hennepin Healthcare’s Traumatic Brain Injury Center invite you to take a moment to think about traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its impact on…

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The beauty of trauma care: What it means to be human

Scouring through chemical equations in textbooks, using laboratory instruments to probe the molecular signatures of cancer cells, and preparing for an exam that will encompass over ten subjects from organic chemistry to literary reasoning are all excellent descriptions of my daily life. I’m a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, and I want to…

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Falling is not a normal part of aging

By Julie Philbrook, RN, DNP, MAN, MAL Falls are the leading cause of trauma-related injury and death among those age 65 and older. Every year, more than 2.3 million non-fatal fall injuries among older adults are treated in emergency departments in the US resulting in more than 734,000 patients being hospitalized. The direct medical costs…

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Serious car crash impacts family in more ways than one

Shannon Kerr was driving, with her two girls secured in the back seat. They were on their way to get a puppy. It was a beautiful sunny day but for a moment, the sunshine was so intense that Shannon couldn’t see the road and she missed a stop sign. Upon crossing the intersection her car…

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A spinal injury that changed a young man’s life

Spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries can happen in an instant and may significantly change a person’s life. This was the case for Nick Maestas, who ended up with a spinal fracture after a diving accident in rural Minnesota. Fortunately for Nick, he was taken to Cambridge Hospital where he was immediately evaluated. The medical…

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Mac’s story

For Mac Scheuble of Waconia, Minnesota, life was all about fishing, football, friendship and family. In the summer of 2016, the 13-year-old faced a major limb-threatening injury that might have discouraged the bravest adult. But with determination, phenomenal community support and Minnesota’s first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center on his side, he’s back doing the things he…

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