Baltimore Shock Trauma
As a photographer I am always looking for something new and exciting to shoot, sometimes however, the best way to grow as photographer is to revisit some of your older work. A few years ago I had the chance to cover the Shock Trauma Center at Maryland University Hospital in downtown Baltimore. I chose this assignment because I wanted to capture the everyday grind that many doctors and nurses across the U.S. encounter. These are just some of the hero's who work tirelessly throughout the day and night to save lives.
In the Shock Trauma Center the majority of patients are flown in by the Maryland State Police's emergency medical helicopter. These patients are generally transported here with severe and life threatening injuries that require around the clock medical attention. R Adams Cowley, M.D. is credited with establishing the "Golden Hour" theory, that relies on speed and skill in the operating room to save one's life. "There is a golden hour between life and death. If you are critically injured you have less than 60 minutes to survive. You might not die right then; it may be three days or two weeks later, but something has happened in your body that is irreparable."