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This white paper is the third of three parts on the complex functions of brain, what happens when an injury is acquired and how to care for and manage a life-changing brain injury.

BY LINDA SIMMONS, RN BScN
Consultant and Cost of Future Care Expert, Connect Medical Legal Experts

The prehospital care of a patient with a brain injury has a profound impact on the subsequent course of events and outcomes. Prehospital management refers to the initial resuscitation and interventions that stabilize the patient at the scene of the accident and on route to the hospital. Prehospital management requires timely and effective brain resuscitation, as the brain only has minimal reserves to meet ongoing metabolic needs. If resuscitation is insufficient because of reduced cerebral blood flow (CBF) and decreased oxygen delivery, ischemia and hypoxia develop and can lead to secondary brain injury.

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This white paper is the second of three parts on the complex functions of brain, what happens when an injury is acquired and how to care for and manage a life-changing brain injury.

BY LINDA SIMMONS, RN BScN

Consultant and Cost of Future Care Expert, Connect Medical Legal Experts

TBI refers to any injury to the scalp, skull (cranium or facial bones) or the brain. Injury to the brain can be focal or diffuse. Focal injuries result in contusions, lacerations, or hemorrhages. The hemorrhages that can occur are epidural hematoma, subdural hematoma, intracerebral hematoma, and subarachnoid hemorrhage. The diffuse injury can cause a mild to severe concussion or diffuse axonal injury.

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This white paper is the first of three parts on the complex functions of brain, what happens when an injury is acquired and how to care for and manage a life-changing brain injury.

BY LINDA SIMMONS, RN BScN

Senior Nurse Life Care Planner, Connect Medical Legal Experts

This document will increase the health care professionals understanding of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). ABI is defined as damage to the brain that is acquired after birth. It can affect cognitive, physical, emotional, social, or independent functioning. ABI is an umbrella term used to describe all brain injuries. ABI can result from traumatic brain injury (i.e. accidents, falls, assaults, etc.) and non-traumatic brain injury (i.e. stroke, brain tumours, infection, poisoning, hypoxia, ischemia or substance abuse).

The motor vehicle related accident clients that we at Connect Experts see with ABI have often resulted from a Traumatic Brain Injury and thus ABI’s that have resulted from a TBI will be the focus of this document.

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By Chris Rokosh

(July 25, 2017, 8:35 AM EDT) -- There are approximately 160,000 traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in Canada every year. It is the leading cause of death in people under the age of 45. Many are left without the ability to work or perform activities of daily living (ADLs).

Traumatic Brain Injury

Consider John, a married 54-year-old corporate lawyer, who suffered a TBI when his car went off the road last year. In the emergency room, John’s Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) was 4/15, his pupils were fixed, and cerebral spinal fluid leaked from his right ear. CT scan revealed a skull fracture with intracranial bleeding.

After seven months of recovery and rehabilitation, John was discharged home. His deficits included difficulties with language and writing, memory and concentration. Because his career relied heavily on these skills, John was unable to continue working. He required permanent help with all ADLs and a nurse to oversee his care. 

(This article was originally published by The Lawyer's Daily. The rest of the story can be found HERE:)

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When Canada's top medical/legal experts gathered last week for the Brain Injury Conference 2017 in Vancouver, there was no doubt that this trauma is one of the most catastrophic a person will face in their lifetime. From a litigation perspective, it's also one of the most complex.

The approximately 200 participants and speakers at the two-day Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia event came from a wide range of medical and legal disciplines to share knowledge and gain insights. Brain injury trauma is one of the most comprehensive and time-consuming litigation challenges, requiring expert opinion and assessment from a broad scope of health professionals.

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