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Trauma-One Step Care: July 10, 2011

The most dangerous thing you might do today could be driving your car. Statistically anyone who gets behind the wheel could be the next trauma victim.

“A car accident absolutely can occur at any time and these injuries can be life-threatening,” says Dr. Robert O’Connor, trauma surgeon with Lee Memorial Health System.

“I had to be medi-vacked to the hospital, I had 14 staples in my head, my wound was about the size of the Coke can and I had a broken wrist and I had minor lacerations on my eyebrow,” says Jennifer Beeson.

Jennifer was nearly killed in a car wreck. So was Dan Myer.

“Me and my best friend were in a Jeep Wrangler, the drunk driver was in a Dodge 1500; he was doing some estimated speed of 75 mph and didn’t even touch his brakes.”

The both became trauma victims and trauma survivors, thanks to the proximity of the Trauma Center at Lee Memorial Health System.

From roadside to emergency room- they were delivered in quick order. But the recovery doesn’t stop there; it is only beginning. Most trauma survivors have a long road ahead of them.

“They are brought through the CAT Scanner, operated on if necessary, and then brought into the hospital to be cared for either in the ICU or on the floor. We also have a fantastic rehabilitation center with physical therapy and occupational therapy and we can offer everything from the front door to going home,” says Dr. O’Connor.

Both Dan and Jennifer got the care they needed without leaving their community.

“People don’t realize the amount of time and effort that people put in to helping others, especially perfect strangers,” says Beeson.