Some residents in Illinois might benefit from learning more information concerning traumatic brain injuries. The National Conference of State Legislatures defines traumatic brain injury as a jolt, blow, bump or penetrating injury that disrupts a normal functioning of the brain. The Center of Disease and Prevention claims that, on average, more than 50,000 people are killed and 1.7 million are injured from traumatic brain injuries every year. The indirect and direct costs related to these types of injuries is estimated to total approximately $60 billion.
Suicide and depression are rising as concerns in the fields of sports medicine and traumatic head injury in Illinois and around the nation. Whereas the physical event causing the trauma may once have been the sole area of attention, doctors were finding that adverse psychological issues that can develop after a brain injury are serious concerns in themselves. This led to a recent study that found a support network was needed by traumatic brain injury patients to monitor them for signs of depression and intervene should they be found.
Patients in Illinois might be alarmed to hear that research conducted by Vanderbilt has revealed that brain damage could be caused by extensive ICU stays. According to the research, mental loss can persist for as long as a year after a stay in the ICU unit. Therefore, Vanderbilt researchers have cautioned medical practitioners about using drug-induced comas for critically ill patients.