New tool could help determine extent of damage from brain injury

On behalf of Stephen G. Nagle & Associates posted in Brain Injuries on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

Researchers out of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina have developed a tool that aids in determining the extent of brain injury when other factors, most notably advanced age, need to be taken into account.

How does the tool work? This “tool” is a compilation of a review of the patient’s “age, gender, and the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS),” according to a recent report by Science Daily.

The GCS provides the patient with a grade based on his or her responses to eye, verbal and motor skill tests.

Although researchers admit that this is not the first test designed to determine recovery from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), it is unique as it focuses on the TBI alone – separate from other injuries.

Why is this tool important? TBIs peak at two different periods in our lives. First, when we are young adults ranging in age from 15 to 24, then again as seniors over the age of 75.

As such, this tool is important to aid in conversations between physicians and loved ones of the injured senior.

What can the tool tell patients and loved ones about the TBI? The tool is touted to provide health care professionals with the ability to discuss the likelihood of a return to independence after an elderly patient suffers a TBI. The results can help guide this discussion and increase the likelihood of a positive resolution for both the victim and his or her loved ones.

Are these tests expenses? Unfortunately, any form of medical care can become costly. As a result, those who suffer a TBI due to another’s negligence are wise to hold the negligent party responsible through a personal injury suit. This lawsuit can lead to monetary awards that can help cover the costs of treatments like the one discussed above.