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Traumatic Brain Injury Care For Our Wounded Soldiers - Dr Orrison's Response 12/08

 Subject: RE: TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CARE FOR OUR WOUNDED-DEC 08 Orrison

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Sirs and Ma'ams-

Many of you had the good fortune of seeing Dr. Orrison's neuro-radiology
presentation on  December 5th at the "HBOT in TBI" Consensus Conference.
Others have seen Dr. Harch's SPECT brain images of patients he has treated
over the past 18 years.  The quote below will be of interest.

At Dr. Orrison's presentation, he showed 3 patients' whole brain CT scans,
from his practice, who had been treated with HBOT 1.5 by three different
physicians.  All patients had major recovery of brain function. 

Gambit News: "Unseen Menace: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning"

Carbon monoxide is a gas byproduct from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. Common sources of acute and often lethal carbon monoxide poisoning include generators whose fumes to enter a house; kerosene heaters being used indoors; charcoal being burned inside a house; and cars left running in a garage, even with the door open.
Exposure to the toxic gas is less obvious when a gas heater or stove is not working properly, or when a fuel-burning appliance is not burning clean. In those cases, enough carbon monoxide can leak to cause chronic poisoning, but not severe, acute poisoning.

No more "sucking it up" emails from Soldier's Angels, it's time to help them, nurture and heal

Yes of course!
 I am busy right now but I am also brainstorming about mil blogs to post your info to..have you all talked to Sean Hannity, Glen Beck, Bill O'Reilly, Blackfive, Milbloggers, Michael Yon, Michele Malkin????
Will be in Touch,
BV

On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 3:11 PM, Juliette Lucarini <juliettelucarini@gmail.com> wrote:
Beth,
 

VFW Ladies Auxiliary offers help TBI/PTSD & HBOT

 Traumatic Brain Injury: The new Scurge of Returning Veterans

Sharon Miller, Ladies Auxiliary Chaplain, VFW Post #12046 with Dr. Carol Henricks

... written October 2006, the numbers of wounded have changed but the general information remains the same....

 

We are fighting a war that is producing a new population of injured veterans. The term “polytrauma” is the descriptor used by the VA Hospital system to describe soldiers that have received a combination of orthopedic injuries, damage to internal organs and / or brain trauma.  An estimated 16,000 troops have been injured with up to 2/3 of that population suffering some degree of traumatic brain injury (TBI).  While the improved body armor has increased survivability from high power explosive blast injuries, the serious nature of the multiple injuries and their prolonged and complex recovery period has overwhelmed the system.  Recovery from brain injury is the most critical aspect of a soldier’s ability to recover.

 

LSU will study brain injury treatments - Veterans Pilot Study

The Advocate
Baton Rouge, LA, Newspaper
February 6, 2009

Dr. Paul Harch, an LSU Health Sciences Center emergency medicine professor, is starting a pilot study on treating people with chronic traumatic brain and posttraumatic stress disorder, according to a statement from LSU Health Sciences Center.

The study will examine 30 participants, half with traumatic brain injury and half with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, the statement says.
 

Dr Paul Harch M.D. speaks to Congress about value of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Dr. Paul G. Harch, New Orleans was invited and presented evidence for a restorative effect of low pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment on chronic brain injury before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. The testimony consisted of functional brain imaging (SPECT) documentation of improvements in brain blood flow in 15 patients with a variety of chronic brain injuries.

Dr Harch spoke at a picnic hosted by the Blue Star Mothers Association

 

On Memorial Day 2008 Dr Harch spoke at a picnic hosted by the Blue Star Mothers Association

Memorial Day, 2008 Picnic hosted by the Blue Star Mothers Association.  The President of the Louisiana chapter is Sandra Hearn.

Dear Dr. Harch:

Our family would like to thank you and your staff for the greatest gift you could possibly give to a person – the gift of life. We thank you not only for your outstanding skills in the HBOT profession, but also your compassion for our troops that have given us our freedoms that we have today. You and your team have brought commitment and compassion to the table. My son, CPL Jake Mathers was injured in several explosions, one being on April 17, 2006. He went through a lot of testing, but no real treatment was offered. He was honorably discharged on November 10, 2008. He began treatment on December 1, 2008 and completed treatment last week.

My son who is now 21 years old, enlisted in the Marines at age 17. All he wants is to be able to live a “normal” life again. Dr. Harch and his team members treated him with the utmost respect and honor. Jacob always talked highly of those he came in contact with, and actually looked forward to taking his treatments daily.

Oxygen Provides New Hope for Brain Injured Soldiers

Getting soldiers back on their feet and fit for duty with an HBOT treatment regimen that is good government. The money that would have gone for more traditional and expensive treatments of veterans suffering from a head injury can now be used to fund other medically urgent injuries and illnesses.

So, what exactly is Hyperbric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)? HBOT treatments are similar to the treatments given to treat victims of “the bends”, the condition divers sometimes suffer. Patients are placed in a chamber filled with 100 percent oxygen at a positive pressure of one-and-a-half-times normal sea level atmospheric pressure, or what you would experience if you were SCUBA diving at a depth of around 16.5 feet. The treatment involves up to 80 one-hour sessions administered in two blocks or phases over 120 days.

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