Stephen Kaminski

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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 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)
— We devise our concept of OFDM HSDPA interface for UMTS downlink and consider channel aware transmission from base station to multiple users in a single cell using feedback reports. We provide strategies to cope with the necessary control information in up-and downlink. We verify our concept with simulations that show the potential of our scheme. I.(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)
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)
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)
BACKGROUND The number of anticoagulated trauma patients is increasing. Trauma patients on warfarin have been found to have poor outcomes, particularly after intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). However, the effect of novel oral anticoagulants (NOAs) on trauma outcomes is unknown. We hypothesized that patients on NOAs would have higher rates of ICH, ICH(More)