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Trauma

Burn care: Keep it clean and cool and dry

Sometimes what seems like the right thing to do is the worst thing to do. That’s the way it is with burn care. The usual treatment for cuts, scrapes and wounds is antibacterial ointment and a bandage—but that’s not so for burns. Because the skin is the body’s natural source of protection from infection, burned skin requires …

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Dog safety: How to prevent a dog bite

Dogs may be “man’s best friend,” but dog bites are more common than you may think. It’s important to know what to do if you or someone around you—especially a child—is bitten by a dog and needs medical attention. “There are two types of dog bites: there’s the spontaneous and the aggravated,” said Michael Foreman, …

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Retired state trooper grateful for life after two emergency surgeries

As a retired state trooper, public safety officer and police officer — and a self-described “fitness buff” — Shannon Cloe is no stranger to tests of physical endurance. So, when exercises that were once easy become strangely difficult, it was a clue that something was amiss. “I have a tendency to push myself more than …

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Learning to appreciate life after my traumatic car accident

Sometimes in life, we’re given second chances — opportunities to start over and make something different of our lives. My second chance came in the form of a car accident in 2007. I don’t remember much of the accident itself, but I do remember my left arm scraping against concrete and then driving my car …

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11 bike safety measures to remember

With the introduction of bicycle sharing programs popping up around the country, more and more cyclists are sharing the roads, making bicycle safety an ever-important topic. The Level I Trauma Center at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, sees many injured cyclists each year, especially from those not wearing helmets. …

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When tragedy shakes a nation, focus forward through action

In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, many of us are left feeling grief-stricken, anxious or helpless. The horrific images etched into our minds are tragic remembrances of events that have become sadly familiar. When will the deadliest finally be the last? As humans, our empathetic response is expressed through our …

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stop the bleed

Would you know how to “Stop the Bleed”?

Would you know what to do if you witnessed someone with life-threatening, uncontrolled bleeding?  The Department of Homeland Security’s “Stop the Bleed” campaign aims to equip you with this knowledge. Initiated earlier this year, the “Stop the Bleed” campaign teaches police officers, emergency medical services (EMS) and the general community about the proper application and …

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