Trauma Update is published for friends of BryanLGH Medical Center. Your comments and suggestions are welcome. Direct correspondence to the Advancement Department at BryanLGH, or telephone the editor at 402-481-8674. Kimberly Russel, President, BryanLGH Health System; John Woodrich, President, BryanLGH Medical Center; Edgar Bumanis, Director, Public Relations; Paul Hadley, Editor. TRAUMAUPDATE BryanLGH Medical Center West 2300 S. 16th St., Lincoln, NE 68502-3704 Non-profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 267 Lincoln, NE Address service requested. TRAUMAUPDATE News from the Trauma Center at BryanLGH Falls rising among older Americans www.bryanlghtrauma.org Mark your calendar Trauma Champions shine April 12 Hundreds will gather Thursday, April 12, for the annual Tribute to Trauma Champions at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln. The event will recognize Elizabeth Canas Luong of Crete and Bill Wimmers of Lincoln â€” two remarkable trauma survivors â€” and honor the dedicated professionals who were involved in saving their lives. These include individuals from all aspects of the trauma system, such as EMS providers, rural trauma center personnel, StarCare, physicians and BryanLGH staff members, as well as family members and those who provide ongoing care. Watch our www.bryanlghtrauma.org website for an announcement about Tribute to Trauma Champions. Tribute to Trauma Champions is an opportunity to recognize trauma survivors and those who care for them. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of injury deaths for adults ages 65 and older. BryanLGH Trauma Center data reveal that 41 percent of all injured patients evaluated at the center presented secondary to a fall. Consistent with the CDC data, the majority (77 percent) at BryanLGH were over 50 years of age. This population of patients often required a continuum of care past the acute care phase. BryanLGH registry data show that almost half (45 percent) of these patients required rehab or skilled nursing post discharge. Falls can result in a variety of injuries rendering patients in need of continued care, from extremity fractures, rib fractures and solid organ injury to head trauma. A study completed by the CDC in 2000 concluded that falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, and 46 percent of fall-related traumatic brain injuries were fatal. National data coupled with local registry data depict a significant patient population in need of preventative medicine/ fall prevention. A focus review evaluating the registry data for the fall-population at BryanLGH discovered there was a need for change within the trauma system regarding trauma activation criteria. The team divided fall data into categories, separated by distance fallen. What the team found was that injured patients who suffered ground level falls (to include one step or curb) had an average age of 74. Injury Severity Score for this population was 12 and length of stay was 4.42 (Please turn to Page 2.) WINTER 2012 He rebuilds life after fall from roof B rothers Gordon and Keith Christensen of Christensen Construction were shingling a new house in their hometown of St. Paul on Nov. 9, 2011, when Gordon suddenly tripped. Gordon recalls that it was a windy afternoon, and he thinks a shingle caught his foot while he was working, causing him to tumble off the roof and hit two (Please turn to Page 2.) Kim Reinhardt, RN, reviews charts with Gordon Christensen during a follow-up visit to the Specialty Clinic at BryanLGH West.