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BACKGROUND The goal of this study was to examine PHTLS Provider courses in Germany and to proof the assumption that formation of physicians and paramedics in prehospital trauma care can be optimized. METHODS PHTLS participants were asked to fill out standardized questionnaires during their course preparation and directly after the course. There were some(More)
BACKGROUND Complex patterns of impaired bone healing can result in a severe economic and social burden for the patient. Herein we describe the local application of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 7 (BMP-7). The goal of this prospective study is to review the indications, application and validation of this therapy. MATERIAL AND METHOD From(More)
INTRODUCTION Isolated vital signs (for example, heart rate or systolic blood pressure) have been shown unreliable in the assessment of hypovolemic shock. In contrast, the Shock Index (SI), defined by the ratio of heart rate to systolic blood pressure, has been advocated to better risk-stratify patients for increased transfusion requirements and early(More)
BACKGROUND With over 2 million certified physicians worldwide, the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) program is one of the most successful international medical education programs. Germany joined the ATLS program in 2003. Before implementation of the program, there was a controversial discussion as to whether a country like Germany with a long history of(More)
BACKGROUND The training of medical school students at the University of Heidelberg seems to be improvable regarding prehospital trauma treatment compared to an established anaesthesiology-based training for medical emergencies. This study addresses the current situation and possibilities for advancing this training. MATERIAL AND METHODS A baseline was set(More)
TGF-b1 serum concentrations are considered to be one of the most promising markers of fracture healing. Previously, we demonstrated significant differences in the post-traumatic time courses of patients with timely and delayed fracture healing. The aim of this study was to evaluate possible differences in the serum concentrations of TGF-b1 in(More)
OBJECTIVE Validation of the classification of hypovolaemic shock suggested by the prehospital trauma life support (PHTLS) in its sixth student course manual. METHODS Adults, entered into the TraumaRegister DGU(®) database between 2002 and 2011, were classified into reference ranges for heart rate (HR), systolic blood pressure (SBP) and Glasgow coma scale(More)
INTRODUCTION Posttraumatic and postoperative osteomyelitis (PPO) with bacteria colonisation during trauma and associated surgery is an increasing clinical problem. This study investigated the treatment of PPO by surgical revision including irrigation, debridement, and temporary hardware maintenance. In addition, a drainage was inserted as persisting fistula(More)
INTRODUCTION The aim of this investigation was to describe the current situation and atmosphere among residents and consultants in traumatology, using the results of a questionnaire. Wishes and needs concerning training programs in traumatology were addressed. METHODS A questionnaire consisting of 25 items was distributed among members of the German(More)
With over 1 million certified physicians in more than 50 countries worldwide, the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) concept is one of the most successful international education programs. The concept is simple, priority-orientated (ABCDE scheme) and assesses the situation of the trauma patient on the basis of vital signs to treat the life-threatening(More)