Emergency Medicine

This ain't your mama's HBO…

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“It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval
force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.”

– George Washington

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Rumor has it that George Washington said this very phrase to Dr. Cooper the day he joined the navy.  After finishing his service in the Navy as a submarine medical officer, our very own Jeff Cooper, M.D. took with him his training in Hyperbaric Medicine back to the land-locked state of Nebraska.  Why, you say?  Among many other conditions, carbon monoxide poisoning is not a rarity for our state, and is treated very effectively by HBO.

As the only the only hyperbaric oxygen center with critical care capability and 24/7 availability in the entire state, there’s a good chance you’ll be taking a dive with this Navy Officer if your furnace decides to leak a little CO this winter!  Aside from displacing carbon monoxide from your hemoglobin, HBO has many other indications: radiation injury, skin grafts, other wounds, cerebral arterial gas embolism, and gas gangrene.  It is effective in treating many of these conditions by creating greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure increasing O2 concentration in the blood and to the tissues.  Dr. Cooper is the head of our Hyperbaric Medicine Center here at UNMC.  He is involved in multi-center HBO research and developing HBO protocols, while still having time to be one of the residents’ favorite EM Faculty to work with downstairs in our shop.

— Submitted by 2nd year resident, Paul Travis M.D.

The man, the myth, the legend

Check out some of the links below for more information on our own Dr. Cooper and the UNMC Hyperbarics Program:

http://blogs.nebraskamed.com/blog/2013/09/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-voodoo-medicine/
http://app1.unmc.edu/publicaffairs/todaysite/sitefiles/today_full.cfm?match=10653
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkFsNujsTT4

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