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'I broke every bone in my face - and survived'

BBC News

NHS reorganisations are not very popular - but Tom Locke probably owes his life to one. The 41-year-old was inspecting pigeon nests on his roof at home in Hythe on the Kent coast last October when disaster struck. He fell from his ladder on his balcony plummeting three storeys on to his patio below, breaking his leg, arm, wrist, shoulder and every bone in his face. But rather than being taken to a local hospital he was ferried by air ambulance to London's King's College Hospital more than 60 miles away. According to doctors who treated him, the decision saved his life.


Artificial intelligence in hospitals - iProcureSecurity

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The Fraunhofer Institute has developed six sample scenarios for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the treatment of severely injured patients together with partner institutions from the health care system and the legal sciences. Accidents in traffic, at work, in the home or during sports in Germany lead to injuries almost ten million times each year. A small proportion of these accidents lead to serious and multiple injuries. The care of seriously injured patients is one of the most complex situations in accident surgery. Treatment in the early phase is particularly important, i.e. the period until the patient is admitted to an intensive care unit or transferred to a specialised centre.


Border without doctors: Defector drama highlights South Korea's inadequate trauma care

The Japan Times

SEOUL – A defector's treatment for critical injuries suffered during his dramatic dash from North Korea has highlighted a shortage of South Korean trauma doctors and underscored Seoul's lack of preparedness in the event of hostilities with Pyongyang.


Weight loss apps don't help users with one really important thing

Mashable

There is a secret to weight loss that should be more widely known and it has nothing to do with supplements, specialized diets, or intermittent fasting. Instead, it's something that countless people, especially after a yearlong pandemic, have in common: trauma. Scientists began understanding the relationship between weight gain and trauma decades ago. Since then, they've learned that negative, life-altering experiences can lead to weight gain and difficulty losing weight. Surprisingly, however, that critical insight is nowhere to be found in the place you'd most expect it.


Lebanon sees record-high coronavirus cases and deaths

Al Jazeera

Lebanon recorded its highest daily number of deaths and new infections from coronavirus as the country grapples with the aftermath of an enormous port explosion that rocked the capital, Beirut, and overwhelmed hospitals. Seven people died of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said, and 309 new cases were recorded. That brought the total number of infections to 7,121 and deaths to 87 since the start of the country's outbreak in February. Even before the blast last week there had been a recent surge in infections. While the daily figures are still relatively low compared with others countries in the region, they have risen in recent days, straining health facilities already overwhelmed with the influx of the injured from the August 4 explosion.