Consultation Liaison Service

The UMC Consultation and Liaison service provides psychiatric and psychologic care to patients admitted to the ICU, medical and surgical units. The care provided in the general hospital ensures patients receive a multidisciplinary treatment plan regardless of their current location or physical condition.

Specialized Trauma Psychology Service

The specialized Trauma Psychology service provides pro-active care to patients admitted to the Trauma Surgery Service by providing PTSD and depression screenings for all trauma patients. Screening results help the Trauma Psychology team provide individualized brief interventions to trauma patients and their families during their hospital stay to help ease the suffering associated with life-altering injuries. 

Mindfulness Resources

Many trauma patients benefit from learning how to use mindfulness to cope with physical and emotional pain. Mindfulness is the practice of bringing awareness to your thoughts, feelings, and physical senses. Research through Harvard University , the National Institutes of Health, and other leading healthcare agencies have shown that mindfulness can be effective in reducing stress, symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improving sleep and pain management.

Starting a mindfulness practice can be as simple as following these steps: This information is adapted from Getting Started with Mindfulness from Mindful magazine:

 

  • Choose a specific time: Set aside a time and space each day to practice mindfulness. It can be the same time everyday or different times, whatever is best for you. Find a quiet place with few distractions and take a comfortable seat in a chair or on a pillow on the floor.
  • Observe the here and now: The goal of a mindfulness practice is not to quiet the mind; in fact, our mind is made to wander, so why fight its natural instincts! Instead, set the intention of paying attention to the present, the here and now, without judgment.
  • Allow your judgments to come and go: When your mind inevitably begins to wander, some of those thoughts may be judging the current situation (for better or worse). When these thoughts arise, make a mental note of their presence and let them pass, and return back to the here and now. Don’t get bogged down in the power of judgment!
  • Be kind to your wandering mind: When we practice mindfulness, it can be helpful to begin by welcoming all of ourselves, including our pesky wandering mind. When your mind begins to drift away from the present moment, don’t judge it or yourself. Practice noticing those thoughts and returning to the here and now. Welcome your mind just as it is. 

 

How mindfulness can help with:
  • Physical Pain: One of the most effective mindfulness practices to help ease physical pain is the body scan, which allows us to identify and “dive into” different body sensations. By first focusing on specific body sensations and then widening our awareness to our body as a whole can help us to identify less with our pain.
  • Stress, Anxiety/Trauma, and Depression:
    • Stress: mindfulness can reduce stress in the moment and give you skills that will help decrease the impact of stress in the future
    • Anxiety and Trauma: Mindfulness can help the brain respond to traumatic memories in less painful and more helpful ways. This helps reduce the negative impact of traumatic events and improve overall functioning
    • Depression: Mindfulness can help ease the symptoms of depression by decreasing the cycle of negative thought patterns, feelings, and behaviors. It can even help to improve relationships with others through breaking these cycles
  • Other mindfulness resources:

    1. www.mindful.org
    2. http://palousemindfulness.com/index.html - Online Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (FREE)
    3. Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
    4. A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Bob Stahl, Ph.D. and Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.
    5. Free Smartphone apps:
      • Stop, Breathe & Think
      • Insight Timer
      • PTSD Coach
      • Mindfulness Coach
      • Headspace (Paid)

Our Partners

 

The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans has teaching, research, and health care functions state-wide, through its six professional schools and twelve Centers of Excellence, as well as the more than one hundred hospitals and other health science related institutions with which they maintain affiliations.

 

The second-oldest medical school in the Deep South and the 15th oldest medical school in the United States, Tulane School of Medicine is equipping the next generation of medical professionals with the tools to succeed in a rapidly changing world and shape the future of health care.