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Many steps are necessary when treating a brain injury

When someone is taken to the hospital for a brain injury, they will often go into the emergency room. The doctors there will take the necessary steps to ensure that the patient gets the care he or she needs for the injuries he or she suffered. From the first examination by a medical professional at the hospital, the patient's condition has to be carefully considered.

There are many questions that the medical staff might ask when a patient comes into a hospital with a brain injury. The answers to those questions often provide the basis for at least some of the testing and preliminary diagnoses the patient receives.

When the patient's condition is dire, the patient will often go from the ER to the intensive care unit. In some cases, a stop in the operating room is necessary. As the patient moves from one unit to another, it is vital that the patient receive continual and consistent care.

Throughout the process of getting treatment in the hospital, it is vital that the patient's condition be properly monitored. In some cases, that might include using an intracerebral pressure catheter, which checks the pressure in the skull to determine if it is necessary to relieve pressure on the brain. If pressure isn't relieved as necessary, the patient's condition can deteriorate.

In some cases, brain injuries can affect other bodily functions. Some patients might have to be placed on a ventilator to aid breathing. Some patients might need an arterial line to monitor blood pressure. With any of these external aid devices, it is vital that proper safety precautions be taken to ensure the patient doesn't suffer harm because of the devices.

Life in the hospital after a brain injury can be scary for the patient and the family members supporting the patient. When the medical care isn't up to accepted standards, the fear for the patient might be increased. It is vital that anyone who feels improper care is being given to a brain injury patient speak up in an effort to stop substandard care. If the patient suffers harm because of the substandard care, seeking compensation might be a chosen course of action.

Source: Brainline.org, "From ER to ICU," Don Kautz, Linda Holtzclaw, Angelica Ford, and Kimberly Shuster, accessed July 21, 2015

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