Traumatology is the branch of medicine that studies the effects of harmful, sudden and violent events that cause damage to various organs and tissues. Traumatology is also the study of intervention methods and techniques used to restore the integrity of the body after trauma.
What does a traumatologist do?
A traumatologist is a trauma doctor who is tasked with detecting the extent of damage caused by a traumatic situation and can take steps to restore the body as close to its original state as possible.
A traumatologist deals with all kinds of external or internal bodily injuries caused by violent actions, whether mechanical, chemical or thermal, in which the human body can suffer trauma. Injuries can come from different sources, such as cuts and gun wounds, and physical or chemical agents. The severity depends on the force of the agent in question.
Most of the time an traumatologist acts urgently and needs to resolve situations that can threaten the life of the patient. The specialist uses diagnostic images such as:
The physician will use the oropharyngeal airway and, if necessary, perform a tracheostomy to ensure that the patient continues to breathe properly. This is done to restore breathing by applying adequate drainage and to monitor blood circulation and the presence of any bleeding, and then stabilize any possible fracture. In addition, the doctor checks the central and peripheral nervous system, evaluating the patient’s state of consciousness and responsiveness.
A patient should visit a traumatologist whenever they have been the victim of a harmful event that may have caused damage to one or more organs and tissues.
It is also recommended that you be examined by a traumatologist in post-surgical recovery.