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Kun Hwang 15 Articles
A method of bedside urethrography before catheterization in pelvic trauma in Korea: a case report
Hojun Lee, Sung Yub Jeong, Kun Hwang
J Trauma Inj. 2023;36(4):451-453.   Published online December 20, 2023
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20408/jti.2023.0047
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We introduce a convenient method of urethrography before catheterization for patients with pelvic trauma that can be used in a resuscitation area. A 10-mL syringe without a needle was used. X-ray contrast medium (Iohexol, 300 mg I/mL) was administered through the urethral orifice using a 10-mL syringe without needle and a simple pelvic anteroposterior film was taken (70 kilovolt [peak], 50 mAs). A 36-year-old soldier with a saddle injury from a gun barrel was taken to a trauma center. He had a pelvic fracture and complained of hematuria. Bedside urethrography above described was performed. The anterior urethra showed nonspecific findings, but dye leaked from the posterior urethra. Bedside Foley catheter insertion was attempted, but the catheter could not be advanced past the membranous urethra. Thereafter, suprapubic catheterization was performed. On the day of the injury, iliac artery embolization was carried out. The dislocated sacroiliac joint was also treated using open reduction and internal fixation. On hospital day 7, guidewire Foley insertion was performed. This bedside urethrography technique is simple and useful for pelvic fractures in which urethral injury is suspected.
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Near-death experiences in 19th century Korean tales
Kun Hwang
J Trauma Inj. 2023;36(2):75-77.   Published online August 5, 2022
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20408/jti.2022.0020
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Penetrating trauma and “The Wound Man”
Kun Hwang
J Trauma Inj. 2023;36(1):1-2.   Published online November 4, 2022
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20408/jti.2022.0035
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New horizons of Flaubert: from a barber-surgeon to a modern trauma surgeon
Kun Hwang
J Trauma Inj. 2022;35(Suppl 1):S1-S2.   Published online May 30, 2022
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20408/jti.2021.0081
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Tactical field management of penetrating arrow injuries in ancient Asia
Kun Hwang
J Trauma Inj. 2022;35(4):229-231.   Published online June 23, 2022
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20408/jti.2022.0018
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  • Medieval (arrow) weapon injuries in contemporary surgical practice: Impaled posterior thoracic wall arrowhead leading to haemo-thorax: Management protocols. Case report
    Ahmed Shabhay, Zarina Shabhay, Fabian Anaclet Massaga, Amri Salim Mwami, Samwel Chugulu
    International Journal of Surgery Case Reports.2023; 111: 108866.     CrossRef
Writing papers: literary and scientific
Kun Hwang
J Trauma Inj. 2022;35(3):145-150.   Published online June 29, 2022
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20408/jti.2022.0006
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This paper aims to summarize why I write, how to find a motif, and how to polish and finish a manuscript. For William Carlos Williams, practicing medicine and writing poetry were two parts of a single whole, not each of the other. The two complemented each other. Medicine stimulated Williams to become a poet, while poetry was also the driving force behind his role as a doctor. Alexander Pope, the 18th century English poet, wrote a poem entitled “The Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot” that was dedicated to a friend who was both a poet and a physician. In this poem, we receive an answer to the questions of ‘‘Why do you write? Why do you publish?’’ Pope writes, “Happy my studies, when by these approv’d! / Happier their author, when by these belov’d! / From these the world will judge of men and books.” When I write, I first reflect on whether I only want to write something for its own sake, like “a dog chasing its own tail,’’ instead of making a more worthwhile contribution. When my colleagues ask me, “Why do you write essays as well as scientific papers?” I usually answer, “Writing is a process of healing for me—I cannot bear myself unless I write.” When the time comes to sit down and put pen to paper, I remind myself of the saying, festina lente (in German, Ohne Hast, aber ohne Rast, corresponding to the English proverb “more haste, less speed”). If I am utterly exhausted when I finish writing, then I know that I have had my vision.
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Adam's apple and airway obstruction
Kun Hwang
J Trauma Inj. 2022;35(1):1-2.   Published online September 1, 2021
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20408/jti.2021.0040
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Trauma Surgery and War: A Historical Perspective
Kun Hwang
J Trauma Inj. 2021;34(4):219-224.   Published online September 7, 2021
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20408/jti.2021.0029
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The aim of this review is to introduce the progress in trauma surgery made during war. In the 16th century, Paré reintroduced ligature of arteries, which had been introduced by Celsus and Galen, instead of cauterization during amputation. Larrey, a surgeon in Napoleon’s military, adapted the “flying artillery” to serve as “flying ambulances” for rapid transport of the wounded. He established rules for the triage of war casualties, treating wounded soldiers according to the seriousness of their injuries and the urgency of medical care. To treat fractures and tuberculosis, Thomas created the “Thomas splint”, which was used to stabilize fractured femurs and prevent infection; in World War I (WWI), use of this splint reduced the mortality of compound femur fractures from 87% to less than 8%. During WWI, Cushing systematized the treatment of head injuries, reducing mortality among head injury patients. Gillies repaired facial injuries, and his experiences became the basis of craniofacial and aesthetic surgery. In WWII, McIndoe discovered that immersion in saline promoted burn healing and improved survival rates, and thus began saline baths and early grafting instead of using tannic acid. A high mortality rate in patients with acute renal failure was noted in WWII and the Korean War. In the Korean War, Teschan used the Kolff-Brigham dialyzer. The first use of medevac with helicopters was the evacuation of three British pilot combat casualties by the US Army in Burma during WWII. As a lotus blooms in the mud, military surgeons have contributed to trauma surgery during wartime.

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  • New horizons of Flaubert: from a barber-surgeon to a modern trauma surgeon
    Kun Hwang
    Journal of Trauma and Injury.2022; 35(Suppl 1): S1.     CrossRef
Trauma Surgeons: Heroes of a Moment
Kun Hwang
J Trauma Inj. 2021;34(2):79-80.   Published online June 1, 2021
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20408/jti.2021.0007
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Anatomy of the Soul, Psalm of the Anatomy
Kun Hwang
J Trauma Inj. 2021;34(1):1-2.   Published online March 31, 2021
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20408/jti.2021.0006
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Keep Playing Tug-of-War Against Grim Reaper
Kun Hwang
J Trauma Inj. 2020;33(4):205-206.   Published online December 31, 2020
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20408/jti.2020.0080
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  • Near-death experiences in 19th century Korean tales
    Kun Hwang
    Journal of Trauma and Injury.2023; 36(2): 75.     CrossRef
Comments on “Case Series: Successful Resuscitation of Severe Facial Injuries Caused by a Chainsaw”
Kun Hwang
J Trauma Inj. 2019;32(4):258-259.   Published online December 30, 2019
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20408/jti.2019.038
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Development of variolation and its introduction to Joseon-era Korea
Kun Hwang
Received August 19, 2022  Accepted August 29, 2022  Published online October 26, 2022  
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20408/jti.2022.0044    [Epub ahead of print]
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Where the land ends and the sea begins
Kun Hwang
Received December 10, 2022  Accepted January 26, 2023  Published online June 9, 2023  
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20408/jti.2022.0081    [Epub ahead of print]
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Biomechanics of stabbing knife attack for trauma surgeons in Korea: a narrative review
Kun Hwang, Chan Yong Park
Received August 23, 2023  Accepted October 16, 2023  Published online January 15, 2024  
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20408/jti.2023.0057    [Epub ahead of print]
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The aim of this paper was to review the biomechanics of knife injuries, including those that occur during stabbing rampages. In knife stab attacks, axial force and energy were found to be 1,885 N and 69 J, respectively. The mean velocity of a stabbing motion has been reported to range from 5 to 10 m/sec, with knife motions occurring between 0.62 and 1.07 seconds. This speed appears to surpass the defensive capabilities of unarmed, ordinarily trained law enforcement officers. Therefore, it is advisable to maintain a minimum distance of more than an arm's length from an individual visibly armed with a knife. In training for knife defense, particularly in preparation for close-quarter knife attacks, this timing should be kept in mind. Self-inflicted stab wounds exhibited a higher proportion of wounds to the neck and abdomen than assault wounds. Injuries from assault wounds presented a higher Injury Severity Score, but more procedures were performed on self-inflicted stab wounds. Wound characteristics are not different between nonsuicidal self-injury and suicidal self-wrist cutting injuries. Consequently, trauma surgeons cannot determine a patient's suicidal intent based solely on the characteristics of the wound. In Korea, percent of usage of lethal weapon is increasing. In violence as well as murders, the most frequently used weapon is knife. In the crimes using knife, 4.8% of victims are killed. Therefore, the provision of prehospital care by an emergency medical technician is crucial.
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