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Car accidents, falls and gunshot wounds can inflict severe trauma. Broken bones, lacerations and excessive bleeding can all result from incidents of trauma. Anxiety, adrenaline and pain can compromise judgment during a very traumatic injury. The team of board-certified specialists at Northwestern Medicine are committed to providing the very best in diagnosis and treatment for trauma victims in state-of-the-art emergency rooms. Thanks to your generous donations, ongoing research and clinical trials are uncovering the latest methods in diagnosing and treating trauma patients throughout the greater Chicago area.

Fractures are among the most prevalent trauma injuries seen and treated by physicians and surgeons at Northwestern Medicine. Fractures can occur in any bone when excessive pressure causes a break or splinter. Every bone in the body can incur a fracture. Arms and legs, hands and feet, pelvis, ribs and skull bones are the most common types of fractures. Surgeons at Northwestern Medicine are well equipped to treat fractures. Fractures can also result in the puncturing of organs and damaging of skin. A team of specialists is on hand in every Northwestern emergency room to treat a wide range of fractures. From orthopaedists to surgeons to nurse practitioners, your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation ensures that Northwestern’s emergency rooms will continue to be staffed by expert multidisciplinary teams 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

From immobilization to surgery, treatment options are designed on an immediate basis to repair the damage caused by bone fractures resulting from a traumatic incident.  Trauma specialists use the following list of fracture types to quickly determine treatment in an emergency room:

  • Complete: The bone fragments separate completely.
  • Incomplete: The bone fragments are partially joined, and the fracture may not go all the way through the bone.
  • Linear: The bone is fractured along the long axis.
  • Transverse: The bone is broken along the short axis, parallel to the ground.
  • Oblique: A diagonal fracture.
  • Spiral: Part of the bone is twisted.
  • Comminuted: The bone has broken into several pieces.
  • Impacted: Bone fragments are driven into each other.
  • Avulsion: A tendon or ligament breaks away, along with the bone it is attached to.

Northwestern also advocates a multitude of prevention measures to limit incidents of trauma. Some of the more popular include:

  • Public safety campaigns
  • Seatbelt usage
  • Bicycle helmet usage

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With your generous support for Northwestern Memorial Foundation, Northwestern will continue to initiate and expand on these important outreach campaigns in local communities throughout the Chicagoland area.  

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