How advanced is medical technology at treating a traumatic brain injury? Whether you are referring to the care that is delivered during the "Golden Hour" immediately following a severe brain injury or the long term rehabilitative care sometimes required with a severe brain injury, medical technology plays an important role in survival and recovery. In today's environment of increasing health care costs, the thought of medical bills and long term care can be overwhelming. However, the quest continues for only the most advanced technology when it comes to treating and caring for an individual who suffers from a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The Important Role of Technology
Brain injuries continue to occur at an alarming rate worldwide. Many are directly related to a traumatic event such as a motor vehicle accident.
"The effects of a brain injury are devastating and often immediately life-threatening. Your chance of survival could depend upon your access to advanced, quality care in a facility prepared for handling a traumatic brain injury."
The initial few seconds, minutes, and hours after a brain injury has occurred are the most critical. Thankfully, the advancements in the fields of traumatic brain injury care and recovery continue. An increasing number of medical facilities are being equipped with advanced brain injury care technology as well as with trained, experienced healthcare providers to treat and care for individuals who suffer from TBI. The good news is progress is being made daily and "centers of excellence" continue to develop more advanced techniques towards care and recovery. Trauma and rehabilitation professionals are challenged to stay on top of these advancements and learn when proper care should be delivered.
Clearly, the first few hours after a brain injury are the most vital in determining survival and reducing the risk of further damage. Therefore, the technology available to emergency personnel and hospital trauma units is particularly important. In order to swiftly and accurately diagnose and treat a brain injury, the best diagnostic and monitoring equipment must be available.
Some equipment used to diagnose and guide treatment for brain injury includes but is not limited to:
- computerized axial tomography (CT Scan/CAT Scan)
- magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring devices
- electroencephalogram (EEG)
Advanced diagnostic and monitoring equipment, if properly used, will allow your doctor to thoroughly assess the location and extent of your brain injury as well as to continuously monitor the status and activity of your brain. Depending upon your condition while in the hospital, additional equipment, treatments, and procedures may be utilized to both stabilize you and help you progress toward recovery.
In addition to the recent technological advancements with brain injury care, there is hope through additional medical trials and studies that more advancements can be made. The chances of survival and recovery are far greater today than in past years.