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What is a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. These TBI’s can range from “mild” (a brief change in mental status or consciousness) to “severe” (an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after the injury. Most TBI’s that occur each year are mild and are commonly referred to as “concussions.”

What are the symptoms of a TBI?

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Headache

  • Confusion

  • Irritability

  • Dizziness

  • Blurred vision

  • Ringing in the ears

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Slurred speech

  • Fatigue

  • Appearing dazed

  • Fogginess

And delayed symptoms could include:

  • Memory problems

  • Difficulty in concentration

  • Sleep impairment

  • Problem with the senses, such as difficulty tasting or smelling, or a sensitivity to light.

  • Balance issues.

  • Changes in moods

  • Crying and emotional swings

  • How big is the problem?
  • According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2014, approximately 2.87 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occurred in the US because of TBI’s.
  • In only one year (2014), TBI was assessed in approximately 288,000 hospitalizations. This figure does not take into account all of the injuries where the patient sustained a TBI but did not seek medical care for it, or it was undiagnosed.
  • A review of the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System – All Injury Program opined that direct and indirect medical costs, such as lost productivity, totaled an estimated $60 billion in the United States in 2000.1

Why is it important to assess TBI’s?

  • Patients need to know if they have a TBI so that they can get the proper treatment and monitoring.
  • TBI’s can cause neurological problems that can affect movement and eventually can cause dementia.

When should it be assessed?

  • Patients should be evaluated for a TBI as soon as possible after an head injury or accident.
  • Even it has been weeks or months since the accident occurred, the patient should still be evaluated for a TBI.

What is the best way to assess the injury?

BrainCussion Telehealth Services utilizes the online Impact Concussion test to screen for reductions in the cognitive processing speeds of the patient who suffered a head injury. The Impact concussion test is the most widely used concussion test and when interpreted by a neuropsychologist, neurologist, physiatrist, psychiatrist, or other head injury doctor, can provide an accurate diagnosis and assessment of TBI’s. Impact tests is a cleared medical device for the assessment and management of concussions and TBI’s.

In addition to Impact testing, CT scans, MRI scans, and other diagnostic testing can also be done to properly assess a TBI.

BrainCussion Marketing is a strategic partner of Impact promoting awareness and proper diagnosis of concussions. BrainCussion Marketing is also a strategic partner with BrainCussion Telehealth, a national telehealth provider for the diagnosis and treatment of TBIs and concussions, and ImPact Applications, Inc., the leader in providing reliable concussion tools, training, and resources to thousands of health care providers and professional and amateur athletic organizations around the world.