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Fall 2010

Issue 9: Rapid Response

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EMS: Rapid Response

Composed of subspecialists within emergency medicine, Washington University EMS is the first and only physician-based emergency medical response agency (EMRA) licensed in the state of Missouri. Pre-hospital physicians are fellowship-trained to provide care before patients arrive at the hospital and supervise the care and training of EMS providers and paramedics. When area fire and police departments or ambulance services call the hospital emergency department for help, physicians head to the scene in specialized emergency response utility vehicles.

Additional Web Content: Trauma and Emergency Services

Excellence in Spine Surgery

Spinal cord injury is a major life-changing event. Whether spinal injury is caused by trauma, infection, degenerative disorder, vertebrae dislocations or tumors, it can result in a drastic change in the life of patients and their families. At Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University, surgeons from the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery work in unison to preserve spinal function and alleviate pain.

Find out why the combined spine specialties have one of the largest and most recognized clinical practices in the United States for the surgical management of adult and pediatric spinal deformities and complex reconstructions.

Additional Web Content: More on spine treatments


Also In this Issue

  • Breakthroughs: A look at two of the latest technological advances being used at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, including custom total knee replacements and an electromagnetic navigation system.

  • Side by Side - Heart-Felt Milestone: St. Louis' only heart transplant program celebrates the 25th anniversary of its first transplant. Nick Belfiglio, who received his new heart in December 1985, also has reason to celebrate.

  • At a Glance - Medical Peace of Mind: A reflecting pool and 2.2-acre plaza now welcome visitors to the BJC Institute of Health at Washington University School of Medicine.

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