Garret's Story - Genesis HealthCare System - Zanesville, Ohio

Garret is Back to His Old Self

Garret Biedenbach and his dad, Doug, loaded up their gear for a fun day riding mini bikes. Little did they know that it was a day when Garret would narrowly escape death. That was the afternoon Garret crashed his bike, the handlebar hitting him in the stomach. “Everybody started helping,” said Garret. “I just thought I got the air knocked out of me.” But when they pulled up Garret’s safety gear, the outline of the handlebar was pressed into his skin. The impact of the handlebar had caused blunt force trauma to his abdomen, tearing his liver and causing internal bleeding.

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Doug rushed Garret to Genesis-Good Samaritan’s emergency department. On the way, Garret was in and out of consciousness; by the time they arrived, he was limp in his father’s arms. The Level III trauma team, with physicians, nurses, advanced practitioners and other staff specially trained to deal with life-threatening injuries, immediately sprang into action. “It was truly amazing,” said Doug. “I didn’t know you could fit that many people around a four-and-a-half-foot person.”

Five minutes after arriving, less than 30 minutes after the accident, Garret’s heart stopped. “We have been trained in these situations,” said Mike Pruneski, a nurse who was on duty that day. “Each one of us knew what to do because of that.” After resuscitation and stabilization, Garret was transported by MedFlight to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The trauma care he received at Genesis prompted the trauma director at Children’s to call and congratulate the staff at Genesis for their expert actions. 

The Importance of Advanced Training

Genesis received its trauma center verification in 2011 from the American College of Surgeons. Before Genesis had a trauma center in the Garret and teamcommunity, patients with traumatic injuries were transported to Columbus or other large cities.  Having this kind of service close by “means the difference between surviving and not surviving,” said Doug, whose son is back to his old self, even playing football. “He didn’t have time to go to Columbus.”

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