Monday, 26 April 2010

New CDC Guidelines for Treatment of Brain Injury

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week released new guidelines for the management of head injuries. In order to make it easy for patients, doctors as well as caregivers, the CDC has divided its resources into handy sheets for both doctors and patients. Head injuries often occur in automobile, bicycle and motorcycle accidents, or as a result of serious falls. Workers may be struck by falling objects in the workplace, causing a head injury serious enough to necessitate hospitalization.

The CDC has published a Patient Wallet Card and a Patient Discharge Instruction Sheet. These contain instructions for patients who have been treated and discharged from the hospital after a head injury. These resources can also help California brain injury lawyers determine the impact of a head injury on a person’s health.

Often, a head injury can result in post-discharge complications, which could signify a possible brain injury. Symptoms of these complications may include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, severe headaches, seizures or convulsions.

The Patient Discharge Instruction Sheet advises that patients, who suffer from these symptoms after being discharged from the hospital, consult their healthcare provider immediately. If you have trouble falling asleep, have been sleeping more or lesser than usual, have been feeing anxious or irritable after a head injury, it might not warrant a visit to the emergency room. According to the CDC, these are common side effects of a head injury, and unless these become persistent or increase in severity, can be safely ignored. Most of the time, these side effects disappear on their own.

The fact sheet also advises patients to avoid another head injury in the future by wearing helmets while biking and paying sports. Patients must take care to prevent slip and fall accidents by installing better lighting at home, installing grab bars and non-slick carpeting. Wear seatbelts while in a car, and restrain small children who have suffered a concussion, in a child safety seat. Suffering another head injury before you’ve recovered from the first one can result in a concussion, or an even more serious brain injury.

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  3. These guidelines are useful who are all suffering from brain injury and also people have to be care of some fraudulent guidelines accident

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