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June 23, 2003

Is the cessation of abuse enough to resolve depression for victims of intimate partner violence?

Women who have been victims of intimate partner violence experience a decreased likelihood of depression after the violence ceases, according to a study by researchers at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center published in the latest issue of the Violence and Victims.


June 16, 2003

Hypertonic resuscitation may help victims of blunt trauma

Hypertonic resuscitation — a concentrated intravenous (IV) dose of saline and dextran, a sugar solution — has the potential to help survivors of blunt trauma by improving blood flow and delivery of oxygen to the injured brain while decreasing high pressure in the brain, a common problem for patients with brain injury. This therapy is now being tested in a research study by University of Washington (UW) physicians based at Harborview Medical Center.


June 4, 2003

Child-passenger safety training focuses on Latino families

The importance of buckling up, how car seats and booster seats protect children, and the state’s seat belt and car seat laws will all be part of training sessions for Latino community outreach workers this week.


April 7, 2003

Parents often mistaken about protecting kids in cars

The mistaken belief that their young children are “too big for a car seat” leads many parents to assume their children are ready to graduate to adult seatbelts. By failing to protect their 4- to 8-year-old children by placing them in booster seats, these parents are leaving young passengers vulnerable to injury and death in motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of mortality for children in this age group.


March 26, 2003

Children in SUVs at greater risk of injury in rollover crashes

Crashes involving children riding in sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are more likely to be rollover crashes than those involving passenger cars, and these rollover crashes are associated with a greater risk of death and injury.


February 18, 2003

Car booster seat usage rises after community campaign

Few children aged 4- to 8-years old ride in booster seats despite evidence that these children are not adequately protected by adult seat belts and that booster seats are effective in reducing children’s risk of injury.


February 6, 2003

Where behavior and injury collide: Conference examines using behavior change to prevent ‘accidents’

A significant decrease in the motor-vehicle death rate for Americans – 90 percent fewer deaths per million vehicle miles between 1925 and 1995 – shows that efforts to raise safety standards and change personal behavior can be highly successful.


January 21, 2003

Children’s injury risk is greater after injury to a sibling

Children are more likely to suffer unintentional injuries in the 180 days following a sibling’s injury, according to a study by researchers at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center published in the January 2003 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics.


January 2, 2003

Protection Orders Curb Partner Violence, But Few Seek Them

Women who experience threats of violence or abuse from an intimate partner may be best protected by a permanent civil protection order, a new study indicates, yet many victims may be skeptical about the effectiveness of taking a legal avenue.


October 25, 2002

New Coalition Focuses on Reducing Injuries to Seattle’s Kids

The Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Seattle is a new hospital-community partnership focused on reducing childhood injury in neighborhoods throughout the city.


October 24, 2002

New Coalition Focuses on Reducing Injuries to Seattle’s Kids

Broken bones, scrapes, burns and the bruises of childhood may be dismissed as kids being kids, but the doctors and nurses who treat unintentional injuries have come to a different conclusion. When children live in a safe environment, are given alternatives to gang violence, follow street safety when walking, and wear helmets when biking, they have many fewer injuries and fewer visits to the hospital emergency department


August 16, 2002

Air bags offer little protection to unrestrained passengers and may endanger young children

Air bags were initially designed to protect an unbelted adult male in a 30 mph crash. But do air bags protect a child passenger? And are air bags really effective in protecting unrestrained adults?


August 8, 2002

Long-term protection orders effective

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is an all-too frequent occurrence in the United States, with an estimated 1.


August 6, 2002

Intimate Partner Violence Against Women: Some, But Not All, Protection Orders Help

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is an all-too frequent occurrence in the U.S., with an estimated 1.5 million women experiencing 5 million physical or sexual assaults at the hands of their intimate partners annually. Civil protection orders are considered a means of protecting women from future acts of violence, but how effective are they?


June 2, 2000

Do automatic shoulder seatbelts provide a false sense of security?

Drivers and passengers who rely on automatic shoulder belts risk serious injury if they fail to use their lap belts at the same time, according to a study by physicians at Harborview Medical Center to be published in the June 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.


April 20, 2000

Harborview opens Gamma Knife Center for new-generation treatment of neurological problems

Patients with brain tumors, cancers, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and other neurological abnormalities can now be helped at Harborview Medical Center by the Gamma Knife C, a non-invasive alternative to traditional surgical methods.


April 17, 2000

Organized systems of trauma care improve survival rates for car-crash victims

Implementation of organized systems of trauma care reduce death rates due to motor-vehicle crashes by 9 percent, according to a study by researchers at Harborview Medical Center. The study will be published in the April 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.


March 6, 2000

Children more vulnerable to trauma after injury to a sibling

Children are more likely to suffer unintentional injuries within 90 days of a sibling’s injury, according to a study conducted at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center published in the March 2000 issue of Pediatrics.


February 1, 2000

Harborview is first hospital to dispense methadone through pharmacy

A major study on heroin addiction treatment enters an important phase
Feb. 1, as Harborview Medical Center becomes the first health-care facility in the country to dispense methadone through a pharmacy for patients recovering from heroin addiction.


January 24, 2000

Women’s problems with alcohol have far-reaching consequences

Women who drink heavily are significantly more likely than their male counterparts to suffer from liver disease, depression, psychological distress, and recent physical, emotional or sexual abuse, according to a study by researchers at Harborview Medical Center published in the January 2000 issue of the Journal of Trauma.


January 3, 2000

Do insurance policies discourage doctors from counseling patients on alcoholism?

Concerns about the legal right of insurance companies to deny patients coverage for injuries due to alcohol use may be discouraging physicians from screening and counseling their patients on the risks of alcoholism, according to a study by physicians at Harborview Medical Center to be published in the January 2000 issue of the Journal of Trauma.


December 7, 1999

Harborview receives commendation from Joint Commission

Harborview Medical Center has received a three-year accreditation from the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations with the special designation of commendation.


Harborview Receives Commendation from Joint Commission

Harborview Medical Center has received its three-year accreditation with the special designation of commendation from the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO). This is the highest rating that the JCAHO awards to health care organizations.


June 16, 1999

Magnetic stimulation offers new hope for people with depression

Harborview Medical Center is one of five centers in U.S. to study magnetic stimulation as an alternative to anti-depressant medications and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).


June 11, 1999

Barnhart named medical director of Harborview Medical Center

Dr. Scott Barnhart, University of Washington (UW) associate professor of medicine, has been named medical director of Harborview Medical Center and associate dean of the UW School of Medicine.


March 31, 1999

Harborview re-designated for Level I trauma services

The Washington State Department of Health has re-designated Harborview Medical Center to provide Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Services.


March 2, 1999

Study tests vitamins in recovery from trauma

A collaborative study by Harborview surgeons and dietitians will evaluate the efficacy of anti-oxidant vitamin supplementation in intensive care unit (ICU) patients at Harborview.


February 23, 1999

Harborview’s House Calls program cited

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Henry J.


Medical Respite Program helps the homeless

“Too sick for the streets, but not sick enough for the hospital” describes homeless people recovering from short-term health problems, such as minor trauma, chemotherapy treatments for cancer, or newly diagnosed chronic diseases.


June 15, 1998

New use of an old drug may help patients with serious head injuries

University of Washington (UW) physicians based at Harborview Medical
Center are evaluating the use of magnesium sulfate in preventing the
negative effects generally associated with severe head injuries.


January 16, 1998

New pacemaker implant helps patients with tremor

A 70-year-old Bellevue man has become the first local resident to receive a new treatment to alleviate the tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease and Essential Tremor.


January 5, 1998

Magnetic stimulation offers new hope for people with depression

Magnetic stimulation–a method of stimulating a part of the brain involved with mood regulation–offers new hope for people whose depression has failed to be helped by medications.


June 18, 1997

New trauma drug may save patients from shock-related death

A promising new drug called Hu23F2G that may save the lives of severely injured patients is now being tested by University of Washington (UW) physicians based at Harborview Medical Center.


March 6, 1997

Latest technology a feature of new Harborview facility

The latest patient-care technology is a key component of Harborview Medical Center’s new West Wing, which opened Feb. 3. Built to meet the needs of a Level I trauma center in the 21st century, the West Wing houses a new Emergency Department (ED), operating rooms, intensive care units (ICUs) and clinical laboratories.


Harborview Medical Center artwork helps with healing

As part of the King County Public Art ordinance, one percent of the Harborview construction projects budget (nearly $1 million) was earmarked for art to enhance the medical center.


Continuing the tradition: Architectural style maintains Harborview’s history and character

The architectural design of Harborview’s two new wings complements the art deco style of the medical center’s original structure, completed in 1931.



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