Study Develops New Treatment Guidelines For Traumatic Brain Injuries
February 26, 2013
Numbers show that Traumatic Brain Injuries account for 2,700 fatalities each year. To help combat the problem, researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine have developed new guidelines for the treatment of those who have sustained such an injury.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the team of researchers examined the knowledge that was currently available regarding the treatment of brain injuries. Then, they began to structure plans and guidelines that create a roadmap for treating symptoms of the condition.
The system was then implemented at a number of hospitals, including St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Experts examined the outcomes of a total of 123 patients and labeled the plan a success. This conclusion was drawn after seeing a drop of 19 percentage points in the number of fatalities before and after the program was implemented.
A testament to the program’s success is the story of an 11-year-old Oran, Missouri, boy who suffered a brain injury in a sledding accident. Doctor’s used a treatment plan for the boy based on the study and after roughly a month of treatment, the boy showed no signs of his injury.
The St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers with CofmanTownsley applaud the efforts that are being made to curb the number of deaths resulting from brain injuries. The firm can only hope further advancements in this particular field of study are made in the future.