Caring for the Whole Person
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When people experience traumatic injuries, their worlds are upended in a moment. Everything their lives are built on is thrown up in the air: health, livelihood, interpersonal relationships. They must now deal with grievous physical injuries and intense emotional scars. That’s what happened to Brian Hall. He was a fuel yard and safety manager at a small biomass plant when an explosion burned most of his body.
“The soles of my boots had melted,” says Hall. “My shirt was completely burned off, the only thing left was the collar. My hard hat and my safety glasses had melted to my head, fortunately. That’s what saved my scalp and eyes.”
To recover, Hall needed comprehensive medical care, but that was only part of the picture. He also needed people with the right expertise to work with him and his providers to ensure he received the right treatments, at the right time, for his unique situation – all within the workers’ compensation world.
Managed by Paradigm Catastrophic Care Management, Hall’s care coordination was driven by one goal — heal his physical and psychosocial injuries to restore his health. Patients like Hall face the most severe injuries and months or years of surgeries, therapy and psychosocial care. Understanding what that ultimate outcome looks like clarifies each step along the way.
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