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Decreased death rate due to improved coagulation


Coagulopathies – conditions in which the blood’s ability to form clots is impaired – occur in one quarter of patients at the intensive care unit, with often life-threatening consequences. They are caused by high blood loss or reactions following systemic shock, but also previous intake of anticoagulants. Hemostasis and wound closure are vitally important as soon as possible after injury. To counteract coagulopathies blood transfusion in high amounts used to be the treatment of choice. However, blood products are valuable (because essential for the treatment of certain pathologies) and may cause unwanted side effects.

LBI researchers develop program for playful rehabilitation after nerve injury

In collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien researchers from the LBI Trauma have developed a computer program to playfully stimulate the link between visual and somatosensory cortex, thus creating a virtual sensory experience. David Hercher explained to the Austria Press Agency that for example after an injury to the Nervus Medianus or Nervus Ulnaris the brain would designate another another function to the area usually used for sensory perception. The function sensory perception would have to be learned anew, as soon as the nerves are fully regenerated.