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Select Month: March 2012

Brain Injury – No Longer the “Silent” Epidemic

Categories: Traumatic Brain Injury

For many Native American tribes, the brown bear is a symbol of courage, strength, protection, and life. On November 27, 2009, as I was getting dressed to go out to dinner with my husband Bruce Carmichael and friends, a thought ran through my head that I should wear my Native American bear pin, as I might need courage that evening. Where this feeling came from is unclear, but it certainly proved to be true

They Are Just Children…

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Violence Prevention

Dr. Linda Degutis, DrPH, MSN

"Encouraging safe, stable, and nurturing relationships between children and their parents or caregivers is like a vaccine against maltreatment, and its long-term consequences." - Dr. Linda C. Degutis, DrPH, MSN

Imagine the call – “5 Bravo 12 is coming in with an infant who has been shot.” Just when you think you’ve seen it all in the emergency department (ED), something else happens – something that you could not have imagined.   

The infant arrived at the ED in the arms of the paramedic who had responded to the scene, and who was trying to give him CPR, despite the bleeding from his wounds and the lack of any signs of life.  But, how else can you respond when you find an innocent 7-month-old child who is a victim of shots fired through a window?  The infant was killed, and his grandmother, who was also shot, was paralyzed. 

 
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