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A DOCTOR’S VISIT
By Gregory G. Mann PA-C. Mr. Mann attended ATERF’s ATLS Course in Pine Bluff on 8/18-19, 2012
I stand sixty-nine inches tall (I thought for sure I stood seventy inches ten years ago… but that is a subject for another article) and this morning I weighed 194.4 pounds. My son, Sebastian, measures forty-nine inches tall and weighs 64.4 pounds. So, I am about average for an adult male and Sebastian is an average size for a nine year old boy. Keeping this picture of the size difference between a father and his young son will be important as you read on.
I had the privilege this weekend of hearing Dr. Todd Maxson, the chief trauma surgeon at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, speak about Advanced Trauma Life Support. Though he taught me a great deal the most important lesson I learned from him was that a man’s body is bigger than a boy’s. This fact is not only obvious but is also extremely important in pediatric trauma.
When Sebastian and I are camping, I can hear him asking, “Dad, Dad, can I throw sticks in the fire?” My answer could be different if I stopped to think that if I fell into a camp fire 20% of my large body would get burned. But, if Sebastian fell into a camp fire he could sustain burns on as much as 50% of his body.
When Sebastian and I are bike riding around the neighborhood, I can hear him asking, “Dad, Dad, do I have to wear a helmet?” My answer could change if I stopped to think that if I get hit by a moving car the bumper impacts my leg and hip and knocks me onto the hood. But, if Sebastian is hit by a moving vehicle he receives a major blow to his head and falls underneath.
When Sebastian and I are fishing, I can hear him asking, “Dad, Dad, do I have to wear a life jacket?” My answer could depend on if I stopped to think that if I fall into the water without a life jacket my large body floats and resists the current. But, if Sebastian falls into the water without a life jacket his leaner body sinks and his smaller frame is swept away by the current.
When Sebastian begs me, “Dad, Dad, can I ride the ATV?” my answer could change if I stopped to think that if an ATV rolls over onto me, my large mass absorbs and distributes the force away from my vital organs. But if an ATV rolls over onto Sebastian, the vital organs in his small body receive a massive and damaging blow.
When Sebastian and I are driving just down the street to the corner store, I can hear him asking, “Dad, Dad, can I sit in the front seat?” My answer could be different if I stopped to think that in the event of a head on collision the car’s airbag would strike my taller body in the chest. But, when the airbag deploys on the passenger side the strength of impact collides with Sebastian’s head pushing his neck backwards to the point of severe injury.
So, Dr. Maxson’s lesson seems as wise and far reaching as obvious. Fifty percent of the children who die in Arkansas each year are killed in accidents. A small number of these deaths are the result of unforeseeable and tragic circumstances. However, most deadly accidents involving children are predictable and preventable.
So the next time I hear Sebastian asking, “Dad, Dad, can I…” how will I answer him? My goal as a father is to answer my son in a way that will protect and preserve his small body and prevent me from having to see Dr. Maxson… in the surgery waiting room of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
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New Courses Posted
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Instructor Course: June 21, 2013 – UAMS, Little Rock
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Provider Course: June 22-23, 2013 – UAMS, Little Rock
Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET): June 24, 2013 – UAMS, Little Rock
Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Course: July 9-10, 2013 – UAMS, Little Rock
Trauma Nurse Core (TNCC) Instructor Course: July 26, 2013 – Baxter Regional Medical Center, Mountain Home
Rural Trauma Team Development (RTTDC) Course: July 30, 2013 – Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, Paragould
Rural Trauma Team Development (RTTDC) Course: August 7, 2013 – Ashley County Medical Center, Crossett
Arkansas Trauma Leadership Course: August 23-24, 2013 – Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale Missouri
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Trauma Nurse Core (TNCC) Provider Course: August 23-25, 2013 – Baxter Regional Medical Center, Mountain Home
Trauma Nurse Core (TNCC) Provider Course: September 5-6, 2013 – Medical Center of South Arkansas, El Dorado
Trauma Nurse Core (TNCC) Provider Course: September 20-22, 2013 – Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, Paragould
Trauma Nurse Core (TNCC) Provider Course: October 11-13, 2013 – White County Medical Center, Searcy
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Provider Course: October 26-27, 2013 – White County Medical Center, Searcy
Trauma Nurse Core (TNCC) Provider Course: November 7-8, 2013 – Conway Regional Medical Center, Conway
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Provider Course: October 26-27, 2013 – Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, TX
Winner of the iPad mini at the Arkansas Trauma Update 2013 Freddie L. Riley, Alexander, AR. Congratulations Freddie!