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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: September 28, 2015 11:36 AM
From: Senator Christine M. Tartaglione
To: All Senate members
Subject: Brachial Plexus Injury Awareness Week

In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution recognizing the week of October 18 - 24, 2015 as Brachial Plexus Injury Awareness Week in Pennsylvania.

Brachial plexus injuries affect the network of nerves that control the muscles in each arm from the shoulder through the fingertips and may result in paralysis of the arm. While a common complication that can often be prevented during childbirth, a brachial plexus injury can be caused by traumatic accidents, as well.

As many individuals are not familiar with this injury, also known as Erb’s Palsy they fail to recognize its symptoms and the needs of those affected by it. Health issues and obstacles resulting from such an injury pose unique challenges to individuals but can be treated and greatly improved with assistance from medical specialists and therapy applications.

In serious cases surgery is required and several hospitals in Pennsylvania are centers of excellence for these complex procedures. Among them is Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia where world-renowned surgeon Dr. Scott Kozin leads his field in technique and innovation.

During this week in October, it is my hope residents’ throughout the commonwealth will gain a better understanding of brachial plexus injuries in order to improve their diagnosis, treatment and prevention. At this time, please join me in recognizing October 18 - 25, 2015 as Brachial Plexus Injury Awareness Week in Pennsylvania.

Introduced as SR242