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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Our newest team member brings more than two decades of experience as an RN and a unique combination of specialized healthcare skills to Connect Medical Legal Experts.

Brenda McDonnell, based in Alberta, has worked in the Emergency Department, Medical/Surgical unit, Pediatrics, Long Term Care, Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and as a Nursing Supervisor.

Read more about her now.

 

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Connect Experts welcomes Brenda McDonnell to Cost of Care team

Our newest team member brings more than two decades of experience as an RN and a unique combination of specialized healthcare skills to Connect Medical Legal Experts.

Cost of Future Care consultant Brenda McDonnell has extensive knowledge in rehabilitation and disability case management for traumatic brain injuries, orthopedic injuries/surgeries, amputations, spinal cord injuries, aging, chronic pain, mental health/psychological issues and other long-term or terminal medical conditions.

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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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By Connect Medical Legal Experts
June 7, 2017 

When it comes to a major life hurdle, a brain injury ranks as one of the worst. In a matter of seconds, the life as you knew it might be altered forever because of a sudden fall off your bike, car crash, ski accident or simply a misstep in the grocery store aisle.

Chances are you didn’t know that one million people in Canada live with a brain injury, and that number is on the rise, says the non-profit awareness group Brain Injury Canada (BIC). About 160,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. 

Over the past 15+ years, the medical/legal team at Connect Experts has worked with many lawyers representing clients with brain injuries, and we see how their lives have been catastrophically affected.

At best, a brain injury is a trip to the emergency room, a severe headache and a few days of bed rest at home. At worst, you can lose your memory, experience personality changes or even lose the ability to walk, talk or feed yourself. (Our legal nurse consultants help develop comprehensive Cost of Future Care reports for catastrophic cases such as these.)

The devastating effects are one reason we support Brain Injury Awareness Month each June, as well as the efforts made by brain injury associations across the country to put faces to this ‘silent epidemic’.

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Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

The Nurses Role in Managing Head Injury

Pre-Hospital Care; Recognizing the Injury, Accessing Care

Brain Injury management starts with Emergency Service Providers (Nurses, Doctors, Paramedics, EMT's, First Aid Volunteers). The goal of care is to recognize, treat and transport the brain injured patient by the most appropriate method (ground, lights and sirens, air ambulance). EMS provider responsibilities include;

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