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The Impact of Trauma and Critical Care: Reflections from a Practitioner and Patient


Denholm, CJ, The Impact of Trauma and Critical Care: Reflections from a Practitioner and Patient, Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, 11, (2) pp. 160-161. ISSN 1441-2772 (2009) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]


In May 2004, one of us (C J D) was involved in a significant motor vehicle accident, colliding with a truck at 70 kph. Injuries included left-sided rib fractures and flail segment, haemopneumothorax, L4-L5 vertebral body fractures, multiple abrasions and lacerations, and post-traumatic amnesia. As a result, I spent 2 weeks in intensive care units and another month as an inpatient in a tertiary and then a regional hospital. This article has arisen from my reflections as a patient, practising psychologist and university Dean on the short- and long-term effects of these events. Although it is presented as a first-person account, it incorporates observations and perspectives from a medical practitioner (my son, J T D). We hope that this shared perspective will provide critical care practitioners with additional insights, particularly into the psychological impact of major trauma and hospital care.

Item Details

Item Type:Professional, Non Refereed Article
Keywords:trauma, pain, pain management, rehabilitation
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Disability and functional capacity
UTAS Author:Denholm, CJ (Professor Carey Denholm)
ID Code:60483
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Conservatorium of Music
Deposited On:2010-02-08
Last Modified:2010-06-09

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