When it comes to traumatic brain injury (TBI), what you do know can certainly help you. TBI occurs when a victim suffers a blow to the head, whether due to an object colliding with the head or due to a fall. The impact causes the brain to impact the inside of the cranium, causing swelling. Victims of TBI can face severe consequences, including permanent disability and even death. Because of this, it is worthwhile to learn some important facts about how to treat TBI in the minutes and hours after suffering the injury.
EMS1.com recently published an informative article titled “Traumatic brain injury: 10 things you need to know to save lives.” The article is a mix of helpful and vital information about TBI. For example, fact number two informs us that because brain tissue does not regrow, emergency personnel play an essential role in helping victims of TBI through such procedures as “airway protection, oxygenation or ventilation, blood pressure maintenance, and [rapid] transport to a trauma center.”
Once TBI victims arrive at the medical centers, the treatment they receive is also vital. Fact number four says that for best results first responders should “Know which hospitals these are, initiate transport as quickly as possible, and alert the hospital to prepare staff and equipment for your arrival.”
The article even points out counterintuitive facts, such as the fact that excessive ventilation can be harmful to a TBI victim, reasoning that “A higher respiratory rate decreases the amount of CO2 in the blood, which triggers cerebral vasoconstriction and less oxygen delivery. Hyperventilation of head injuries has been associated with poor outcomes.”
As the medical community continues to learn more about the brain and TBI, sharing information with the general public, such as the information covered in this article, can help improve post-TBI outcomes.
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