A recent article suggests that there is growing public concern over brain injuries caused by concussions. That attitude is perhaps a reflection of the media attention over the class action lawsuit brought by retired NFL players. The class action complaint alleged improper diagnosis and care of brain injuries, as well as inadequate warnings. A $1 billion settlement resolved that litigation, but many questions remain about the diagnosis and treatment of brain injury resulting from head trauma.
Although public awareness of the potential long-term consequences resulting from a brain injury has improved, a recent article provides a good refresher.
Taking one’s eyes away from a patient’s vital signs or leaving a patient unattended might result in missed cues or a delayed medical response. For example, if such inattention resulted in several minutes of oxygen deprivation to a patient, there may be a serious risk of brain injury or damage.
Not all brain injury might be the result of an accident that resulted in adult head trauma, such as a slip and fall or a motor vehicle crash. In fact, brain damage can happen at any age, even to a newborn. One condition, called congenital cerebral palsy, might happen during birthing due to a doctor’s error. However, CP can also develop during the pregnancy or in the days, weeks, or even years following the birth.
Among the different groups of road users, data maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that pedestrian fatalities and traffic-related injuries are among the few that have not decreased in recent years, subject to some fluctuations. In the studies, the NHTSA defined a pedestrian as any individual who was on foot, sitting or lying down while involved in a motor vehicle traffic accident.
In a recent post, we discussed the problem of delayed symptoms that might not surface until weeks or even months after a brain injury. The absence of symptoms might result in a delayed diagnosis. Yet even more troubling is the prospect of a misdiagnosis.
In a recent post, we examined why the varying symptoms from head trauma may make it difficult to estimate long-term costs. In that regard, a recent article offers fresh hope.
Readers may not have realized that there is an agency in Alabama that helps coordinate services for victims of a traumatic brain injury. Called the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the agency works with both public and private partners to provide employment assistance, pre-vocational resources, and a variety of information and referral services.
As most people are well aware traumatic brain injuries can be serious and impact the life of the person who suffers it far into the future. Accordingly, determining how serious a TBI is in a timely manner is important. It could help to determine how the patient should be treated. A new diagnostic tool was recently put in to place via a joint effort between the Children's Hospital of Alabama and University of Alabama's Birmingham School of Optometry.
There is no question that brain injuries can be devastating to those who suffer from them. This is true regardless of the circumstances surrounding the brain injury. While researchers are always looking for the best way to treat the potentially debilitating injury, it has recently become clear that in at least one area, women’s brains respond differently than those of men. That area is in recovering memory.