Brain injury guidelines don't correlate with results

Georgia residents may be interested in a recent study that found that compliance with treatment guidelines for brain injury patients does not necessarily lead to better results. Researchers from the Los Angeles Trauma Consortium looked at how closely treatment centers followed the guidelines and compared the rate of compliance with a center's mortality rate.

The study looked at techniques such as craniotomies as well as intracranial pressure monitoring and discovered that patients received the recommended treatments only about half the time or less. The guidelines suggest that measures such as intracranial monitoring should be used to analyze traumatic brain injuries. However, they do not state how the information provided by the monitoring should be used by the treatment team.

Traumatic brain injuries require complex clinical decision-making, and the study suggests that compliance with the guidelines is not the best indication of quality of care. The study may not apply to patients with less severe brain injuries as only those with the most severe injuries were studied.

Head injuries are common, especially after a car accident or for those who play contact sports such as soccer, football or hockey. While most people will fully recover after a head injury, serious trauma can lead to coma or death. Those who recover may require extensive rehabilitation.

Medical bills for treatment of a head injury can be costly. It may be possible to file a legal claim if the injury was the fault of another person or company. A lawyer experienced in personal injury cases may be able to help a victim file a lawsuit.

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