Time vital to trauma treatment

RACV RoyalAuto magazine


Calendars and clocks are successfully being used to help shorten a patient’s post-traumatic amnesia.

LaTrobe University associate professor and Alfred Health occupational therapist Natasha Lannin roused her 2014 Sir Edmund Herring Scholarship to develop and test a reorientation program.

“We trained the patient’s families to bring in photos and items of significance from home, and we introduced things such as clocks and calendars into wards. Hospitals are quite disorienting, so we were focused on reminding the patient who they are and why they were there.”

Natasha says the results were encouraging and now hopes to run a much larger, multi-centre trial.

“We can categorically say that this trial wouldn’t have happened without the RACV. Their support for the types of projects consistently funded with the scholarship make such a huge contribution to Victoria.”

Health care professionals have until 6 May to apply for the 2016 RACV Sir Edmund Herring Memorial Scholarship. For more information, visit racv.com.au or call 9790 2995.

 

Written by Kathryn Kernohan
February 16, 2016