Hans Grugger left intensive care
Update on Hans Grugger’s health condition
Innsbruck, 21 February 2011, 12.30 local time
Due to his good physical condition, Hans Grugger was released from the intensive care unit of the Department of Neurosurgery Innsbruck already last Friday. The skier from Salzburg was transferred for further rehabilitation purposes to the state hospital Hochzirl. "We are very excited about the progress Mr. Grugger made. He has recovered quickly from surgery last week and no complications have occurred so far. For that reason he was transferred to the rehab facility earlier than planned," says University professor Dr. Claudius Thomé.
In the neurological department of the provincial hospital Hochzirl the health condition of Hans Grugger has been evaluated carefully in recent days and an appropriate rehabilitation plan was created. "The results of the first studies are positive. Mr. Grugger has a very good rehabilitation potential. Accordingly, we have developed a specific training program that is tailored to Hans Grugger and his needs. It includes physical therapy and occupational therapy, but also Kognito therapy meaning therapy units in the area of attention and concentration," says University professor Dr. Leopold Salter, head of the neurology department in Hochzirl.
At the request of the medical management along with Hans Grugger and his family, photo and interview opportunities are not possible in upcoming days / weeks as the patient still needs peace and quiet for recovery.
Innsbruck, 8 February 2011, 15.45 local time
Hans Grugger’s recovery process remains positive. The skier from Salzburg is already in the rehabilitation phase. Overall, the course of treatment must be assessed as very positive. "Mr. Grugger continues to breathe without technical aids and he can already eat on his own. The right side of the body that was initially more affected is getting stronger, "says Univ.-Prof. Dr. Claudius Thomé about the progress made by Hans Grugger. With the help of therapists Grugger make the first steps. He is still being taken care of by the intensive care unit of the Department of Neurosurgery Innsbruck.
Innsbruck, 1 February 2011, 14.15 local time
More good news on the current health condition of Hans Grugger: "Until lunch time, the athlete’s breathing got so much better that the ventilator was removed. The patient now breathes on his own but is still very tired and sleepy”, said Dr. Alexandra Kofler, medical director of the provincial hospital in Innsbruck. The recovery phase is now completed but the skier still needs a lot of rest. Hans Grugger was able to exchange the first words with his family but it is still necessary to treat and supervise him in the coming days in the intensive care unit of the Innsbruck University Clinic of Neurosurgery. Specific neurological tests will begin no earlier than tomorrow.
Innsbruck, 31 January 2011, 09.45 local time
The course of the recovery phase of Hans Grugger allows the medical and nursing team in the intensive care unit of the Innsbruck University Clinic of Neurosurgery to be cautiously optimistic today. With his condition remaining stable, Grugger is doing well considering the circumstances. He is becoming more alert and can already respond in part. "He repeatedly opens his eyes spontaneously and deliberately depresses his hands when prompted, "said Dr. Alexandra Kofler, neurosurgeon and medical director of the provincial hospital in Innsbruck. The phases, in which Hans Grugger responds, are still very short though. As per current estimates, the recovery phase will continue on.
Next information will follow tomorrow late morning.
Innsbruck, 28 January 2011, 10.30 local time
The wake-up phase proceeds as planned for Hans Grugger. The dosage of the medication that keep the patient in an artificial deep coma is further being reduced. The attending physicians of the intensive care team at the Innsbruck University Clinic of Neurosurgery continue to monitor constantly how the body reacts to the reduction of the medication. The results of these investigations are still satisfactory. Hans Grugger now reached a stage where the first reactions (eg blinking of the eyes) can be observed. These are however purely physical reactions but the patient does not yet realize in any way where he is and does not yet perceive his environment. At this point it is still not predictable how long the recovery period will last.
Innsbruck, 27 January 2011, 10.35 local time
The recovery phase of Hans Grugger is still progressing as planned. He is slowly gaining more and more consciousness, which has no visible effects however in this early phase. The dosage of the medication that keep the patient in an artificial coma, are further reduced by the attending medical team of the intensive care unit of the Innsbruck University Clinic of Neurosurgery.
Innsbruck, 26 January 2011, 10.35 local time
The recovery phase that was initiated yesterday proceeds as planned. Hans Grugger remains absolutely stable. The reactions of the body to the first reduction of the drugs are satisfactory. The attending physicians of the intensive care team of the Innsbruck University Clinic of Neurosurgery will therefore continue today to withdraw the dosage gradually in order to carry forward the recovery phase. No prediction can be made regarding the duration of the recovery phase.
Innsbruck, 25 January 2011, 11.00 local time
The results of recent investigations in the intensive care unit of the Department of Neurosurgery were so positive that the attending medical team has started the recovery phase today for Hans Grugger. Hereby the drugs that keep the patient in an artificial deep sleep, are reduced slowly and the reactions of the body are closely monitored. Based on the results of this monitoring, the doctors decide how quickly the medication is reduced. This phase will take several days. During this time, the patient will gain more and more awareness and respond increasingly to external stimuli. Once a sufficient state of consciousness is achieved, detailed neurological examinations will begin.
Innsbruck, 24 January 2011, 11.05 local time
The attending medical team of the intensive care unit at the Innsbruck University Clinic of Neurosurgery, remains cautiously optimistic given the recent findings. The last night has gone by quietly and without problem quiet for Hans Grugger whose condition continues to be absolutely stable. The attending doctors are satisfied with the results of today's CT scan of the head. Hans Grugger remains in an induced coma.
Innsbruck, 20 January 2011, 12:40 local time
According to the initial diagnosis of University Professor Dr. Michael Blauth (Head of Trauma Surgery, University Hospital Innsbruck, Austria), Hans Grugger has sustained serious head injuries in his crash. He is currently being operated on an emergency basis by a medical team of neurosurgery. More information can be given only after the surgical intervention.
Innsbruck, 20 January 2011, 11:40 local time
Hans Grugger crashed badly during the downhill training on Thursday in Kitzbuhel. The ski racer from Salzburg fell during the landing after the mousetrap-jump and was immediately unconscious. He was not responsive and was therefore flown to the University Hospital Innsbruck by helicopter with a suspected traumatic brain and chest injury.