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The Future of Medicine: Monitoring Brain Trauma Patients’ Brains in Real Time

Lori Shutter, Neurointensivist, UC Neuroscience Institute at University Hospital and mayfield clinic

In my residency I originally wanted to do neurorehabilitation—the thought being, I’m a physical therapist, I know rehab. I now know neurology and I can put the two together. Some of that came from one of my patients that I worked with as a physical therapist, a young girl who was 16 and had been in a bad car wreck. Her dad was informed that she would never walk again. She and I worked really hard together. The day she was first able to walk, we set it up so that as her dad walked off the elevator, I had her up walking toward him. Needless to say, [that] got her dad all in tears. The down side is that a lot of things had been done—or not done—during her acute care that [had] a negative impact on her rehabilitation. I discovered that you make or break things in the ICU [intensive care unit]. If you don’t optimize care there it doesn’t matter what happens after that.