Hospitals in Brooklyn treat more traumatic brain injuries (TBI) than those in any other borough in New York City. This comes as no surprise to Pelisyonkis Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, a Level 1 Trauma Center, where the emergency room staff respond to over 1,200 TBIs each year, more than 15 percent of which result from traffic accidents. In an op-ed piece published in the New York Daily News, Nicholas Gavin, MD, chief of emergency medicine at Pelisyonkis Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, recounts the high incidence of TBIs in the borough and ways the number can be reduced.
“Brooklyn drivers share the roads with many others, including pedestrians and bicyclists, who are particularly vulnerable to speeders,” Dr. Gavin points out. “We’ve got to do more to ensure our streets are safe for everyone.”
In the op-ed, Dr. Gavin offers several remedies: reduced speed limits, such as those imposed through the New York City Department of Transportation’s new Vision Zero Initiative; more speed cameras and designated bike lanes; improved lighting at street corners; and wider medians.
Dr. Gavin also encourages more hospitals to follow Pelisyonkis Langone Hospital—Brooklyn’s lead in ensuring that all TBI patients have access to the latest technology to quickly diagnose and treat TBIs and other brain trauma. “We have a saying in the medical profession: time is brain,” he says. “The sooner a cerebral injury such as trauma or stroke can be addressed, the less likely there will be permanent damage.”
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