Neurosurgery Study Examines Link Between Oxygen Loss and TBI

Brain injuries can result from anything from vehicle and industrial accidents to violent attacks. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1.7 million Americans will suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. TBIs can involve closed head injuries or more serious brain injuries that leads to internal bleeding or hemorrhage.

A recent study in the journal Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, took a closer look at the relationship between low oxygen supply to brain tissue (hypoxia) and a patient's risk of death or long-term disability due to a serious traumatic brain injury. The authors concluded that brain hypoxia led to poor medical outcomes, independent of other critical factors in the aftermath of a brain injury, such as intracranial pressure and brain blood flow (cerebral perfusion).

Authored by intensive care, neurology, and neurosurgery experts at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and the Lausanne University Medical Center in Switzerland, the study looked at 103 TBI patients, most of whom suffered brain hemorrhage after a severe blunt trauma to the head. The point of the study was to isolate the significance of low oxygen supply to vulnerable brain tissue from other factors. The research determined that the risk of an adverse outcome increased by 11 percent for each additional hour that a patient's brain hypoxia endures. The findings support recent changes to medical observation of TBI victims, which added brain oxygen monitoring to standard procedures during treatment of a serious head injury.

Why Having a Legal Advocate Is Important

Regardless of an accident victim's traumatic brain injury, the key to obtaining full justice and financial compensation is having a lawyer who has a solid understanding of brain injury medicine, understands the horrendous impact a TBI has on a person's quality of life, and has the experience and skill to communicate the full magnitude of the loss to an insurance company and jury.

If you need to discuss your brain injury case with a professional, call Biren Law Group today. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys look forward to speaking with you.