February 05, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Every day in the U.S., individuals suffer blows to the head that result in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). While some TBI's are severe, a large number are classified as mild. In many instances of TBI, the initial blow to the head does not result in a loss of consciousness. Instead, the injured individual may be lulled into a false sense of security by his or her manifesting nothing more pronounced than a severe headache.
Recent studies of traumatic brain injuries
demonstrate that the symptoms initially manifested by an individual following a TBI often do not allow a physician to accurately diagnose the severity of the brain insult or the ultimate outcome of the injury. In many instances, the initial brain injury causes swelling of the brain or intracranial bleeding that can result in secondary injuries to the brain that are far more debilitating than the initial injury caused by the blow to the head.
Swelling of the brain typically occurs within two to five days after the initial injury. Although physicians utilize various treatment modalities to address swelling of the brain, it often is difficult to accurately measure the degree of brain swelling, which greatly complicates treatment decisions.
Researchers at Rutgers University and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School recently announced that they have developed a device that can be utilized to measure brain swelling in individuals who have suffered closed head injuries. The device, known as the Continuous Hemodynamic Autoregulation Monitor (CHARM monitor), was designed to provide real-time measurements of cerebral pressure (pressure in patients' brains). The availability of real-time data regarding cerebral pressure is important because such data could assist physicians to determine the best time to administer treatment for swelling of the brain.
The CHARM monitor will undergo clinical trials at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the JFK Medical Center. It is hoped that these clinical trials will demonstrate whether the CHARM monitor can assist physicians to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with traumatic brain injuries.
If you or a family member has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact a personal injury attorney who is knowledgeable regarding TBI's in order that you may determine if you are entitled to compensation. Speak to a personal injury attorney today in order that you may protect your legal rights.
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