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
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