Definitions

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  • noun medicine The condition of a person who has been subjected to multiple traumatic injuries.

Etymologies

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poly, "many, much" + trauma

Examples

  • Many soldiers are suffering from what is referred to as polytrauma, which the Veterans Health Administration has defined as "an injury to the brain in addition to other body parts or systems resulting in physical, cognitive, psychological or psychosocial impairments and functional disability."

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  • And then there are the brain injuries and other manifestations of "polytrauma" experienced to an unprecedented degree by U.S. troops in Iraq, due, ironically, to better battlefield armor that allows soldiers to survive car-bomb and other explosions they wouldn't have survived in earlier eras.

    Hole in the Future

  • Warrior Project said creation of a 'polytrauma' network is among the important accomplishments of the VA in responding to brain injury, which Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, D-Hawaii, noted affects an estimated 360,000 service members who served in Iraq or Afghanistan. ...

    THE MEDICAL NEWS

  • Doctors came up with a new word for what the soldiers from Iraq were suffering from: polytrauma.

    Heart of a Patriot

  • The injuries coming out of Iraq are complex, says Larisa Kusar, a staff doctor at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, one of four "polytrauma centers" operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    USATODAY.com - Injured Iraq veterans battle a new enemy

  • They have found 75 percent of all polytrauma service members/veterans have self-reported some form of visual disturbance.

    National Military Family Assn. - Government and You E-News - SpouseBUZZ

  • To describe the maimed survivors of this ugly new war, a graceless new word, polytrauma, has entered the medical lexicon.

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: IRAQ: A New Kind of Casuality

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  • Mognei said that when polytrauma, or multiple wounds, occurred, it was more expedient to remove a limb while trying to treat a patient's more serious wounds.

    Reuters: Top News

  • Minnesota's VA hospital developed one of the first polytrauma centers to work with vets with multiple injuries.

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