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 [traw´mah] (pl. traumas, trau´mata) (Gr.)
1. injury.
2. psychological or emotional damage. adj., adj traumat´ic.
birth trauma
an injury to the infant during the process of being born. 2. in some psychiatric theories, the psychic shock produced in an infant by the experience of being born.
psychic trauma a psychologically upsetting experience that produces an emotional or mental disorder or otherwise has lasting negative effects on a person's thoughts, feelings, or behavior.
risk for trauma a nursing diagnosis accepted by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, defined as accentuated risk of accidental tissue injury such as a wound, burn, or fracture.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


, pl.




(traw'mă, -mă-tă),
An injury, physical or mental. Synonym(s): traumatism
[G. wound]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


(trô′mə, trou′-)
n. pl. trau·mas or trau·mata (-mə-tə)
a. Serious injury to the body, as from physical violence or an accident: abdominal trauma.
b. Severe emotional or mental distress caused by an experience: He experienced trauma for years after his divorce.
a. An experience that causes severe anxiety or emotional distress, such as rape or combat: memories that persist after a trauma occurs.
b. An event or situation that causes great disruption or suffering: the economic trauma of the recession.

trau·mat′ic (-măt′ĭk) adj.
trau·mat′i·cal·ly adv.
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A physical or emotional wound or injury. See Alternobaric trauma, Atmospheric inner ear barotrauma, Barotrauma, Birth trauma, Childhood trauma, Implantation trauma, Penetrating trauma, Phonotrauma.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


, pl. traumata, traumas (traw'mă, -mă-tă, -măz)
An injury, physical or mental.
Synonym(s): traumatism.
[G. wound]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


1. Any injury caused by a mechanical or physical agent.
2. Any event having an adverse psychological effect.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


A disastrous or life-threatening event that can cause severe emotional distress. DID is associated with trauma in a person's early life or adult experience.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


, pl. traumata, traumas (traw'mă, -mă-tă, -măz)
An injury, physical or mental.
[G. wound]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about trauma

Q. can you get bipolar as a result of some bad life experience? or some trauma you've been through?

A. thanks guys, my girlfriend was just diagnosed as bipolar... hard times for both of us...

Q. Save my husband. My husband was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in 2001 but in 2003 traumatic events happened in our life due to a house fire, my husband was manic round the clock to the point where he was going to do harm to himself or someone else. I begged his doctor to institutionalize him to regulate his meds and to help him to deal with the traumatic thing that happened to us. But my doctor refused saying he couldn't do it against his will. No one would listen to my begging. Please help my husband. My husband ended up doing something that caused him to be in prison today, still not getting help. Is there anything I can do to help my husband to go to a place that will help him rather than making his mental state worse?

A. Take him to your local emergency room. tell the treage nurse you need to talk to a crisis worker. Go in with him and talk to the crisis worker about the things he has been doing and that he has bipolar disorder. Explain that he IS a danger to himself and others. They will probalbly want to speak with him alone but that is the best way to get him the help he needs. See if they can refer him to a mood disorder clinic to help him in the long run.
Stay strong and try to help him get the help he needs... Protect yourself in the meantime.

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The child will be assessed by the first responder team from Qatar Ambulance Service who will now bring the majority of major trauma patients children aged 14 and below to Sidra Medicine.
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15 designation by the Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency Council, which governs the statewide system of trauma, stroke and heart attack facilities, said Laura Crawford, public relations manager at St.
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Evaluation of emergency management of organ injuries and sequelae in penetrating and non-penetrating abdominal trauma in patients admitted in trauma ward of Government Chengalpattu Medical College Hospital.
Trauma is one of the main health problems in every country regardless of the level of socio-economic development.1 It continues to be a significant health problem that increases mortality and morbidity rates due to developments in technology, accidents and incidents of violence.2 Trauma is the top third cause of death in all age groups following cancer and cardiovascular diseases, and the top cause of death in the 1-44-year-old age group.3 According to World Health Organisation (WHO) data, 3.5 million people worldwide lose their lives due to trauma every year.4,5
Reading Hospital's enhanced trauma capabilities are better for patients and their families, who no longer have to travel to Philadelphia to get care or visit their loved ones in the hospital, Fernandez said.
As per available services, district headquarters (DHQ) hospitals are the level III trauma centre (according to WHO guidelines) and are only referral hospitals of traumatic injuries within district premises.
Trauma can have serious long-term toxic stress effects even without meeting criteria for PTSD.
This 356-page book has been divided in to six sections in which integrated Trauma Care System, Mass Casualty incidents and disaster response, approach to seriously injured patient, regional trauma, extremity and pelvic trauma besides trauma scenarios have been discussed in detail.