Stephen Kaminski

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BACKGROUND The Advanced Trauma Life Support course advocates the liberal use of chest X-ray (CXR) during the initial evaluation of trauma patients. We reviewed CXR performed in the trauma resuscitation room (TR) to determine its usefulness. METHODS A retrospective, registry-based review was conducted and included 1,000 consecutive trauma patients who(More)
BACKGROUND Retrievable vena cava filters (RFs) offer the appeal of short-term prophylaxis for trauma patients temporarily at risk for pulmonary embolism (PE) without the long-term risks of permanent vena cava filters (PFs). However, the evidence that RFs and PFs reduce the risks of PE and death in trauma patients is not conclusive. RFs were introduced at(More)
BACKGROUND Unlike the cervical spine (C-spine), where National Emergency X-Radiography Utilization Study (NEXUS) and the Canadian C-spine Rules can be used, evidence-based thoracolumbar spine (TL-spine) clearance guidelines do not exist. The aim of this study was to develop a clinical decision rule for evaluating the TL-spine after injury. METHODS Adult(More)
Patients on anticoagulation are at increased risk for intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) after trauma. This is important for geriatric trauma patients, who are increasing in number, frequently fall, and often take anticoagulants. This study sought to evaluate whether prehospital use of dabigatran, a newer anticoagulant, is associated with outcome differences in(More)
Antiplatelet and anticoagulant medication increases the risk of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) after a fall in geriatric patients. We sought to determine whether there were differences in ICH rates and outcomes based on type of anticoagulant or antiplatelet agent after a ground-level fall (GLF). Our institutional trauma registry was used to identify patients(More)
BACKGROUND High school athletes who sustain a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or concussion are required to be removed from play until clearance by a provider. A regional pediatric trauma center offered an mTBI clinic to evaluate students for return to play (RTP). METHODS An mTBI clinic was developed in collaboration with a high school district(More)
Abdominal wall hernias are a rare but important consequence of blunt trauma. The optimal timing and the method of repair are not well described in the current surgical literature. Advances in laparoscopic techniques have offered new options for treatment of this problem. We describe the case of a 43-year-old man who suffered a blunt traumatic lumbar hernia.(More)
National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB) is the largest repository of statistically robust trauma data in the United States, assembled from trauma centers across the country. NTDB data has been commonly used in risk adjusted studies in the medical communities to describe patterns of injury, interventions and patient outcomes in order to better tailor trauma(More)