Ashley Hink, M.D., MPH  Critical Care – Trauma Surgery MUSC Health

Ashley Hink, M.D., MPH Critical Care – Trauma Surgery MUSC Health


My dream and philosophy is that
every individual, no matter who they are, where they’re
from, their background, and what brings them in, that
they are unique and special, and I’m going to
get to know them as a person and their families,
and have a very shared collaborative decision making
strategy in their treatment. I’m a trauma critical
care surgeon, so I take care of
people with injuries, and severe illness, and burns. And a lot of times
people don’t know that they’re coming to see me. Sometimes I see them
and their families on the worst day of
their lives, that no matter who they are
in their background, that they’re going to get
great care from me and my team. And we’re going to be
thorough, and compassionate, and culturally competent,
and very sensitive to what they want in their
care, and so that we can make good shared decision making. So I trained as a
general surgeon. I am a general surgeon. But I also have
additional training in trauma and critical care
in addition to burn surgery. And so I specialize
in the care of people with traumatic injuries,
burns, in addition to people who are critically
ill from surgical problems. And so I manage everything
from the operative management of general surgery conditions,
like hernias, and gallbladder problems, all the way to
severe, penetrating injuries, and burns. And I take care of them through
their critically ill stages and care for their
families as well during that stage in
addition to getting them through their hospital
stay and hopefully back home or to rehabilitation. I have a very special interest
in issues related to violence. And so I have a public health
background and research background in preventing and
intervening violent injuries. And I very much care about
no matter what brings you in, whether it’s a car crash,
or a fall, or being shot, I want to know what it is
that put us in this place, whether it’s an unsafe living
condition, an unsafe partner that might have hurt someone. Are they having falls frequently
at home for underlying medical conditions? I want to know what it is it’s
put them at risk of injury so we can find strategies to
prevent it from happening again and to get people
to safe situations. And I care very much about
the psychological recovery and to help prevent PTSD and
other psychological trauma after people experience
an injury, and especially violence. So MUSC is unquestionably
the best place in the state and one of the
best in our region to come to for illness and injury. We take care of people across
the breadth of their ages, and experience, and background. We are the best equipped
to take care of you, and we’re going to do our
best not only medically, but also to help take
care of the patient as a holistic approach
and their family, and to provide
them with resources to aid in their recovery,
and to help prevent this sequela of ongoing
psychological problems or manifestations
of their disease. So I think we take care
of the whole person and try to get them
back to their community.

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