Indianapolis Brain Injury BLOG

Brain Injury: Something so Common, Yet Poorly Understood

Posted on by Doehrman Chamberlain

In Norwich, England, a science communicator’s life was changed forever after sustaining a brain injury from a catastrophic car accident. In early 2011, James Piercy was riding in a car with his wife and three children, when the tire blew-out. The vehicle spun off the road and collided with a tree. James’s wife, 36, died in the accident, and his three other children sustained serious injuries. James was riding in the front passenger seat of the car when his head slammed into the dashboard upon impact, causing him to have a traumatic brain injury (TBI). What Is It Like Living with a Brain Injury? According to The New Zealand Herald, James “recalls nothing of the accident and little of the weeks that followed.” Additionally, after spending six days in a coma, “the news that his wife had died was forgotten an hour later.” Now a few years after the accident,…
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How Often Do Car Accidents Result in Brain Injuries?

Posted on by Doehrman Chamberlain

The Indiana State Police (ISP) is currently investigating a head-on crash between a state trooper and a couple from Kentucky that occurred on Interstate 64 near Poseyville. All parties involved were sent to the hospital for serious injuries—the trooper with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the third leading cause of TBI. Between 2006 and 2010, this type of accident caused over 14 percent of all TBI injuries. Unfortunately, when comparing TBI-related deaths, motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause, with 26 percent of all cases. This means that TBIs caused by a car accident result in more violent trauma to the head. The CourierPress.com says soon after the trooper activated his emergency lights, “for ‘unknown reasons,’ his vehicle left the roadway, crossing the median, striking (the couples vehicle).” What Is the Leading Cause of Fatal…
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Why Reduce Transfusions for Brain Injury Victims?

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According to the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), blood transfusions have been standard treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims in intensive care. However, blood transfusions have risks and side effects that could harm the TBI victim, which is why doctors would prefer to find other treatment options before using a transfusion. When a TBI victim comes into the hospital, blood loss to the brain can cause even more brain damage. This is because there is not enough hemoglobin (the molecule that carries oxygen in the blood) in the brain. When there are low levels of hemoglobin in TBI victims, they risk becoming anemic. Anemia is a medical condition in which the red blood cell count or hemoglobin is less than normal, says MedicineNet.com. What Are the Risks of Blood Transfusions? The Mayo Clinic says that reactions to blood transfusions can happen as soon as the transfusion occurs or can…
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